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Fire dan­ger rat­ings

Fire dan­ger rat­ings tell you how dan­ger­ous a fire would be if one started.

The higher the rat­ing, the more dan­ger­ous the con­di­tions.

Make sure you know what fire weather dis­trict you are in and check the fire dan­ger rat­ing and to­tal fire ban for that dis­trict ev­ery day dur­ing sum­mer.

If the rat­ing is Code Red or ex­treme, you could be risk­ing your life if you wait and see what hap­pens.

Rat­ings are fore­cast us­ing Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy data, based on weather and other en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions such as fuel load.

Pro­vid­ing this in­for­ma­tion in ad­vance al­lows peo­ple to pre­pare for any sig­nif­i­cant fore­cast of fire weather.

● To check the fire dan­ger rat­ing, visit www.emer­gency.vic.gov.au or check the VicEmer­gency app or phone the VicEmer­gency hot­line on 1800 226 226. Down­load the VicEmer­gency app now so you know how it works well be­fore you need to use it. For ex­am­ple, you can set up tai­lored watch zones for the area where you live or are head­ing to on hol­i­day, or to mon­i­tor what is hap­pen­ing where friends and fam­ily are lo­cated.

Code Red

A fire dan­ger rat­ing of Code Red is the high­est level of rat­ing in Vic­to­ria.

It clearly iden­ti­fies to the com­mu­nity, emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and other key ser­vice providers the po­ten­tial for the worst pos­si­ble bush­fire con­di­tions.

A Code Red rat­ing is rare and ex­tremely se­ri­ous. It is de­ter­mined the day be­fore to al­low schools, na­tional parks and other fa­cil­i­ties to pre­pare to close or sus­pend ser­vices.

A Code Red rat­ing means if a fire were to start, it could be un­con­trol­lable, un­pre­dictable and fast mov­ing, so fire ser­vices would find it dif­fi­cult to put out.

There is a high like­li­hood that peo­ple in the path of a fire will be killed or se­ri­ously in­jured. Many homes are likely to be de­stroyed — even the best pre­pared homes would not be safe.

If you are in a high-risk area, the only way to stay safe is to leave the night be­fore or the morn­ing of a Code Red day.

Talk to ev­ery­one you live with about your plans for a Code Red day, so you all know what to do. Do not rely on get­ting a warn­ing if a fire starts. It is your re­spon­si­bil­ity to know when to leave.

● If a fire dan­ger rat­ing of Se­vere, Ex­treme or Code Red is pre­dicted, tune in to ABC lo­cal ra­dio, com­mer­cial and des­ig­nated com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions or Sky News TV, phone the VicEmer­gency hot­line on 1800 226 226, visit www.emer­gency.vic.gov.au and down­load the VicEmer­gency app and fol­low VicEmer­gency Twit­ter and Face­book for more in­for­ma­tion.

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