Understanding bushfire warnings
During a bushfire, emergency services will provide as much information to you as possible through a number of different channels. There are three levels of warning and an All Clear. These change to reflect the increasing risk to your life and the decreasing amount of time you have until the fire arrives.
A fire has started but there is no immediate danger, this is general information to keep you informed and up to date with developments.
- Watch and Act
A fire is approaching and conditions are changing, you need to leave or prepare to actively defend to protect you and your family.
- Emergency Warning
You are in danger and you need to take immediate action to survive as you will be impacted by fire. This message may start with a siren sound called the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS).
- All Clear
The danger has passed and the fire is under control, but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes. It may still not be safe to return home