Severe fire danger rating

What does a code red fire danger rating 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.

Use these resources during fire danger periods to stay aware of local conditions:

  • visit the CFA website,
  • call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667
  • listen to your emergency broadcasters


What services will be affected?

Some services may be modified in high and moderate risk areas including in the Dandenong Ranges, Warburton valley and Healesville on a Severe fire danger day. Appointments may be rescheduled or moved to the morning of a Severe danger day.

Services affected include:

  • Community Links (except Lilydale)
  • Maternal and Child Health Centres
  • Immunisation
  • Home and community care
  • Libraries
  • Neighbourhood houses and community centres
  • Sporting facilities and recreation reserves
  • Preschools
  • School crossing supervisors