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In a Code Red Day, the safest place to be is away from high risk bushfire areas and leaving the night before or early in the day is the safest option.

During extreme weather, such as a Code Red Day, localised power outages may happen. Make sure you have your emergency kit ready, including medication, battery-operated torches, radio and phones.

Fire Danger ratings

The CFA issues fire danger ratings based on weather and environmental conditions. A Code Red Day is the highest fire danger rating. On a Code Red Day you should refer to your Bushfire Survival Plan.

Visit Vic Emergency for up-to-date information on fire danger ratings, warnings and emergencies in your area.

Please note that on Code Red Fire Danger Days declared for the Central District no Council-managed facilities or services will operate in Daylesford, Creswick, Clunes, Trentham and Hepburn Springs. Our trained emergency personnel will be on hand and on full alert on such days.

Understanding Fire Danger Ratings

The Fire Danger Rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one was to start.  It helps you to know when conditions are dangerous enough to put your bushfire survival plan into action.

Fire danger ratings range from low-moderate to code red, the four day forecast is available on the CFA website.

Ratings are forecasts using the Bureau of Meteorology data for up to four days in advance, based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel load.  The rating is your prompt to take action to stay safe.

It’s also important to know what you can and can’t do on a Day of Total Fire Ban. Visit the CFA website to understand what you can and can’t do on a Day of Total Fire Ban.

It’s important to have more than one way to access information and stay informed:

  • Bookmark www.emergency.vic.gov.au, download the VicEmergency app and set up your own Watchzone or tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV;
  • Call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about preparedness on freecall 1800 226 226; People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677;
  • For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.