What is the Bushfire Danger Period?
The bushfire danger period is normally from the 1st of October to 31st of March each year. It may however be brought forward or extended due to local conditions.
During the declared bushfire danger period no member of the public or landholder may light a fire in the open, burn off, or use a campfire / bonfire without a written permit from the ACT Rural Fire Service
The fire danger rating is used to tell you the potential for a fire on any given day.
This rating is shown on the colour-coded Fire Danger Meters, on this website and on roadside signs erected
in rural areas of the ACT.
In September 2009, the ACT adopted a new nationally developed and agreed Fire Danger Rating Scale which includes two new levels, SEVERE and CATASTROPHIC (CODE RED).
The new Fire Danger Rating Metre also now features the Fire Danger Index (FDI) 0-100 to provide an extra level of information to the community about the fire danger at that time. The FDI will be issued throughout the official bushfire season along with the Fire Danger Rating level on a daily basis.
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