Fire Danger Ratings (FDRs) are published daily by the Bureau of Meteorology for all areas of Australia. When a fire starts, the FDR for that area is used to help set the level of any bushfire warning issued. Rural Fire Service Queensland publishes a four-day FDR outlook at 7am daily for Queensland. Four-day FDR outlook or BoM daily FDR

Fire Danger Rating

Low-moderate

  • A fire with a ‘low to moderate’ rating can be easily controlled and pose little or no risk to life or property.
  • During a fire with a ‘low to moderate’ rating, you should know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes.

High

  • A fire with a ‘high’ danger rating is a fire that can be controlled where loss of life is unlikely and damage to property will be limited.
  • During a fire with a ‘high’ danger rating, you should know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes.

Very high

  • A fire with a ‘very high’ danger rating is a fire that can be difficult to control with flames that may burn into the tree tops. During a fire of this type some homes and businesses may be damaged or destroyed.
  • During a fire with a ‘very high’ danger rating, you should use your home as a place of safety only if it is well prepared and well-constructed.

Severe

  • A fire with a ‘severe’ rating may be uncontrollable and move quickly, with flames that may be higher than roof tops. A ‘severe’ fire may cause injuries and some homes or businesses may be destroyed.
  • During a fire with a ‘severe’ rating, leaving is the safest option for your survival. Use your home as a place of safety only if it is well prepared and well-constructed.

Extreme

  • A fire with an ‘extreme’ rating may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving. The flames will be higher than roof tops. During an ‘extreme’ fire, people may be injured and homes and businesses may be destroyed.
  • During an ‘extreme’ fire, well-prepared and well-constructed homes may not be safe. Leaving is the only option for your survival.

Catastrophic

  • A fire with a rating of ‘catastrophic’ may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving. The flames will be higher than roof tops. Many people may be injured and many homes and businesses may be destroyed.
  • During a ‘catastrophic’ fire, well-prepared and constructed homes will not be safe. Leaving is the only option for your survival.