CFA provides data feeds for Incidents, Total Fire Bans & Fire Danger Ratings and latest news.
To receive CFA RSS feeds you need a feed reader and must also subscribe to CFA feeds.
To subscribe to one of the CFA RSS feeds:
- Click on the RSS button next to the feed you want (or ctrl, click for Mac users).
- Copy the URL of the page that is displayed.
- Paste the address in the appropriate place in your feed reader.
Important Note: Some third party readers will not refresh as frequently as is required for live updates. It is recommended that if your reader cannot be set to update at least every 5 minutes that you check the respective web pages (Incidents and Total Fire Bans & Fire Danger Ratings) for the most up to date version.
These RSS feeds conforms to RSS 2.0 specification and update every minute.
RSS is a free service offered by CFA for use in RSS readers.
CFA RSS feeds are protected by copyright laws and are available for personal, non-commercial use only. (See below for data feeds for third party developers.)
You must use the RSS feeds as provided by CFA, and you may not edit or modify the text, content or links supplied. The links back to CFA included in the feed must be displayed when used in a website.
CFA reserves the right to discontinue providing any or all of the RSS feeds at any time and to require you to cease distributing these feeds at any time for any reason.
More About RSS Feeds
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML-based format for distributing content. Put simply, it allows you to subscribe to content on dozens of websites and have it delivered directly to you on one page, via your RSS feed reader.
What is a feed reader?
To read RSS feeds, you need a software program called a feed reader, also known as a newsreader or an aggregator. This reader regularly collects content from various websites and provides it to you in a simple form, similar to your email inbox.
There are many newsreaders available in a variety of formats. Some can be accessed using a web browser, others are downloadable applications. All allow you to display and add the RSS feeds you want.
How do I start receiving RSS feeds?
You need to either install a feed reader on your computer or choose to use one of the web-based feed reader services. Full instructions on how to set up either kind of feed reader can be found on individual feed reader websites.
Some browsers do not support RSS feeds. Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or greater however will support RSS feeds.
Access to Victorian emergency data by third party developers is managed by Emergency Management Victoria.