Fire Danger Ratings

Photo of a sign indicating today's fire danger rating

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) declares Fire Danger Ratings, which indicate how dangerous a fire would be if one started.

Ratings are forecast up to four days in advance, based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel load.

The Fire Danger Rating helps you to know when conditions are dangerous enough to put your bushfire survival plan into action.

Fire Danger Ratings are declared for each fire district.

Nillumbik is in the Central fire district (which includes Melbourne and Geelong).

Find out more about Fire Danger Ratings and see current ratings on the CFA website.

Code Red Fire Danger Rating days

What does it mean?

These are the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire.

Homes are not designed or constructed to withstand fires in these conditions

The safest place to be is away from high risk bushfire areas

What should I do?

Leaving high risk bushfire areas the night before or early in the day is your safest option - do not wait and see.

Avoid forested areas, thick bush or long, dry grass

Know your trigger - make a decision about:

  • when you will leave
  • where you will go
  • how you will get there
  • when you will return
  • what will you do if you cannot leave

Find out more about what to do during a fire.

Extreme Fire Danger Rating days

What does it mean?

Expect extremely hot, dry and windy conditions.

If a fire starts and takes hold, it will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving. Spot fires will start, move quickly and come from many directions.

Homes that are situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire, that are well prepared and actively defended, may provide safety.

You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

What should I do?

Consider staying with your property only if you are prepared to the highest level. This means your home needs to be situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire, you are well prepared and you can actively defend your home if a fire starts

If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving high risk bushfire areas early in the day is your safest option

Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226

Find out more about what to do during a fire.

Severe Fire Danger Rating days

What does it mean?

Expect hot, dry and possibly windy conditions.

If a fire starts and takes hold, it may be uncontrollable.

Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety.

You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

What should I do?

Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety - check your bushfire survival plan.

If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire prone areas early in the day is your safest option.

Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Find out more about what to do during a fire.

Total Fire Ban days

Total Fire Bans (TFBs) are declared by CFA on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and be difficult to control.

On a TFB day, no fire may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended. 

Find out more about what you can and can't do on a TFB day at the CFA website.