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New National Emergency Warning

Friday, 5th March 2021

New National Emergency Warning

As part of a new Australian Warning System, the way bush fire incidents are displayed on the NSW RFS website and Fires Near Me app has changed.

The three warning levels now look like:

Yellow - Advice. A fire has started. There is no immediate danger. Stay up to date in case the situation changes.

Orange - Watch and Act. There is heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.

Red - Emergency Warning. An Emergency Warning is the highest level of Bush Fire Alert. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk.

Each icon may have detailed information about the incident or what to do to protect you and your family. During major incidents, more details are published to the NSW RFS website, may be sent by text message or push notifications if using the Fires Near Me app.

Note that you can set personalised watch zones within the Fires Near Me app.

The new system aims to provide consistent warnings across Australia to avoid confusion. Over time, more types of hazards will be added into the system.

Remember – don’t wait for a warning. Take action quickly and don’t delay.

More about NSW RFS applications to stay up to date on fire safety:

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