Australia’s bushfire danger rating system updated after more than 60 years
Fire danger rating signs across Victoria will get a much-needed facelift for the first time in 60 years as part of a nation-wide change to improve accuracy and community understanding of fire ratings.
This summer is going to look a little different. After more than six decades, Australia’s bushfire danger rating system is being updated to reflect current scientific analysis, improve accuracy, and clarity.
The new system, known as the Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS), rolls out from September 1, 2022, with the same system and signs across the nation.
“This is a major change to the way fire danger ratings will be calculated and communicated to our Victorian communities,” says Country Fire Authority (CFA) Chief Officer, Jason Heffernan.
“Our objective is for Victorians to better understand what actions to take at each fire danger level, and that’s why this new system will be reduced to just four simple ratings and use clear recommendations for how to protect yourself according to your bushfire risk.”