Fire danger ratings

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Take the time to understand the fire danger rating forecast system, it will help you judge the impact of a bushfire on any given day and determine if you should leave early, well before a bushfire arrives, or stay and defend your well-prepared property.

The fire danger rating system warns of the potential impact of a bushfire on any given day based on forecast weather conditions, and is widely publicised by the Tasmania Fire Service.

Categories Severe, Extreme and Catastrophic indicate a fire will be unpredictable, uncontrollable and fast-moving.

If a fire breaks out in these conditions, the safest option is to relocate to a safe place away from any fires.

CATASTROPHIC

Fire Danger Rating 100+

Leaving early is the safest option for your survival – regardless of any plan to stay and defend.

 

EXTREME

Fire Danger Rating FDR 75-99

Leaving early is the safest option for your survival. Only stay if your home is situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire and you can actively defend it.

 

SEVERE

Fire Danger Rating 50-74

Leaving early is the safest option for your survival. Only stay if your home is well prepared and you can actively defend it.

 

VERY HIGH

Fire Danger Rating 25-49

Only stay if your home is well prepared and you can actively defend it.

 

HIGH

Fire Danger Rating 12-24

Know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes.

 

LOW-MODERATE

Fire Danger Rating 0-11

Know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes.

 

Bushland reserve closures

During periods of severe fire danger bushfires can develop very rapidly, they are uncontrollable and unpredictable. That makes our bushland areas unsafe places to be during a period of high fire danger.

The City of Hobart may close its bushland reserves for public safety when the Tasmanian Fire Service declares a severe fire danger rating in Hobart of 60 index points or more.

Crews will patrol Hobart’s parks and reserves during the closures, monitoring for any potential fire outbreaks.

On days of Severe, Extreme and Catastrophic Fire Danger ratings the public is advised to reconsider plans to visit bushland reserves.