The Fire Danger Rating Meter is based on the forecast weather conditions and gives you advice about the level of bushfire threat on a particular day. When the rating is high, the threat of a bushfire increases.
When the Fire Danger Rating Meter is Extreme or Catastrophic for your area it means any fires that start are likely to be so fierce that even a well prepared, well constructed and actively defended home may not survive a fire.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency declares a Total Fire Ban when necessary to prevent the outbreak or spread of fires. On Total Fire Ban days you are not allowed to light, use or maintain a fire in the open air.