Bushfire - advice and alert system
The Country Fire Service (CFS) issues warnings for bushfire that threaten lives and property.
The CFS has a three-stage warning system for bushfires. Warnings will be issued after the fire has been reported, according to the speed, size and the level of threat it presents to the community. Warnings may not be issued sequentially, as listed below.
Issued when a bushfire is burning out of control under very high to catastrophic weather conditions. It indicates:
- you are in danger and you need to take action immediately
- you will be impacted by fire
- the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) will precede this message.
Watch and act
Issued when there is a potential threat to public safety in the immediate area of a bushfire to tell you:
- a fire is approaching you
- conditions are changing
- you need to take action now to protect your life and your family.
This is general information to keep you up to date with developments. It advises you:
- a fire has started
- there is no immediate danger.
The CFS will issue Watch and Act and Emergency Warning Messages through a number of communication channels including local ABC AM and FIVEaa radio stations.
These messages will include:
- the location of the fire
- where it is expected to move next
- the risks to people in the area
- what you are advised to do about those risks
- where you can find additional information.