Fire Weather Forecast Areas boundaries for Australia. Fire Weather Warnings for the areas delineated by these boundaries are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology when required.
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PurposeTo show the Fire Weather Forecast Districts
The Fire Weather Forecast Areas are identical to the Bureau of Meteorology Public Weather Forecast Areas for the states of Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia. The boundaries for Victoria were changed in November 2010. Tasmanian boundaries were modified in June 2011.
For Western Australia, Fire Weather Districts and subdistricts were created from boundaries from a number of existing datasets, namely Bureau of Meteorology Public Weather Districts (2007); Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Local Government (LGA) Boundaries (2010); Geoscience Australia GEODATA Coast 100K (2004). Whole or portions of coastal subdistricts for the districts of Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley were delineated based on 50 km distance from the coast. The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) provided the boundaries for Metro Coastal Plain and Metro Hills. In January 2010, the Southeast Coastal District and Goldfields District was aligned to the Esperance Shire boundary.
The Northern Territory boundaries were changed in 2010. The boundaries are the Bureau of Meteorology's Public Weather Forecast Districts, as well as other areas used by Bushfire NT. The latter areas include the LGAs of Litchfield and Coolamie, Greater Darwin Area (Darwin and Palmerston LGAs) and the Northern Protection Zone. The LGA boundaries were sourced from the ABS (2010). Other Fire Protection Zones exist for Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs and are defined by areas within 50 km radius of each town’s Post Office (Katherine and Tennant Creek) or Airport Control Tower (Alice Springs).
In June 2011, the boundaries for Tasmania were changed as part of the upgrade to the new forecasting system.
In October 2011, the boundaries in South Australia were changed for the the new forecasting system. One major change being the addition of the Adelaide Metropolitan forecast district. The numbering of the SA districts differs to that used by the CFS SA.
In October 2012, changes to boundaries were implemented in WA with the major changes occurring in the north and SW parts of the state. To correspond with coastal forecast boundaries, local and inland water districts were included as void areas.
In October 2013, no boundaries were changed, but the "Northwest" region in Queensland was altered to "North West".
In October 2014, boundaries for Northern Territory changed. These boundaries were derived from a number of different datasets including Local Government Wards and Areas, Pastoral Properties, Aboriginal Land Trusts, Roads, Reserves and Katherine and Alice Springs Fire Protection Areas. These changes completed the upgrade of the forecasting system for the whole of Australia. In addition, field names were changed to to align more closely with those used in the NexGen system and the AMOC Area Code (AAC) was added for linkage to forecast products. The fields are AAC, DIST_NO, DIST_NAME, STATE_CODE, SOURCE and GROUP_NAME.
In October 2015, there was a minor change in NT to the joint boundary of Daly, Carpentaria and Arnhem to align with the Katherine Fire Protection Area.
In November 2015, there was a minor change in SA due to the expansion of the Cultana Training Area that affected the joint boundary of North West Pastoral, Flinders and Eastern Eyre Peninsula.
In December 2016, there was a slight boundary change between North Kimberley Coast and Kimberley Inland.