Bushfire Warning Alert Levels

When bushfires are burning in Tasmania, Tasmania Fire Service will provide as much information about them as possible in the circumstances, principally through its website and the media. It will use three levels of messaging to help people make the right safety choices.

However, remember that fires can threaten suddenly and without warning, so you should always be ready to act even if you don’t receive an official emergency warning.

Tasmania Fire Service messages take into account the risk posed by burning fires, which will depend to some extent on the daily fire danger rating and how quickly any bushfires are spreading.

Three types of alert messages have been developed:

Advice Advice‘Bushfire Advice’ message – This will advise you that a fire has started but there is no immediate danger, and includes general information to keep you up to date with developments.
Watch and Act Watch and Act‘Bushfire Watch and Act’ message – This represents a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.
Emergency Warnings Emergency Warnings‘Bushfire Emergency Warning’ – This will indicate that people in specific locations are in danger and need to take action immediately as they will be impacted by fire. This message may be preceded by an emergency warning signal (a siren sound).

The three levels of messages have taken into account concerns about over-warning people. These concerns, coupled with a tendency for people to act at the last minute, have determined the choice of message levels. While the intent is to inform people before fires directly threaten them, fires can break out suddenly and without warning, making it impossible to get messages out in time on all occasions.

You should be aware of the forecast fire danger rating each day during summer, and remain alert to the potential for bushfires to break out suddenly and spread rapidly. You should not wait for an official emergency warning if you are threatened by a bushfire.