New Australian Fire Danger Rating System implemented across the country

Published on Thursday, 1 September 2022 at 12:54:59 PM

Fire Danger Ratings (FDR) can be a critical early trigger for residents to enact their bushfire plan. Understanding the changes will help the community to make decisions that could save their life.

The existing FDR are based on science that is over 60 years old, and only covers a third of Australia’s vegetation types. The new system incorporates 22 fuel types into 8 fire behaviour models, which are tailored to how fire moves in that vegetation. This more accurate modelling means more locally accurate predictions.

Currently, there are inconsistencies in how jurisdictions determine and communicate Fire Danger Ratings. By implementing a national system, wherever people are in Australia they will see and access consistent fire danger advice, maximising their ability to understand and appropriately respond to conditions.

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