Fire Danger Rating digital upgrade

August 28, 2023 10:59 am in by

Iconic fire danger rating signs on roadsides across NSW are getting a digital facelift, with the Rural Fire Service set to provide real-time fire risk information to communities via remotely operated signs.

More than 200 digital fire warning signs are being rolled out, as the state approaches bushfire

The signs, which are powered by solar panels, are automatically updated each day in line with fire
danger ratings on the RFS website.

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The ratings are informed by data from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The digital upgrade means RFS volunteers will no longer need to manually change the signs daily.

The signs use the revised Australian Fire Danger Rating System, which includes four categories for
fire danger.

Moderate (green), High (yellow), Extreme (orange) and Catastrophic (red), with simple actions for the community to take at each level. On days when there is minimal risk, ‘no rating’ is used.