As part of aligning with the national warning code for bushfire alerts, the SA Country Fire Service has today introduced a new icon and colour scheme for use on the CFS website and AlertSA app. The new colour scheme will be yellow for Advice messages (instead of blue, as has been the case until now), orange for Watch and Act, and red for Emergency Warning messages. A range of icons will also be used, with a triangle to be used for any mapping and warning icon messages displayed. Uniform language and directives within warning messages are also part of the updated warning communication. The symbology is set to be adopted across the entire country, and forms the new Australian Warning System. Emergency Services Minister Vincent Tarzia said SA was one of the first states to adopt this recommended symbology, which has been decided following years of community consultation. "This will make official information released during bushfires, and other emergency situations, easier to understand, enabling South Australians to act quickly, something which we know is critical for survival," Mr Tarzia said. CFS Deputy Chief Officer Andrew Stark said determining the best warning symbology to use was a nationally-led project, and was a "step closer" to bringing the country under one warnings scheme. "More than 16,500 people were surveyed, including more than 3000 people in SA, to determine the best warning descriptions, colour-coding and symbols to use across the nation," he said. "The research results have led us to move away from using blue for Bushiness Advice messages, as people associated the colour with a calming effect. "By using a consistent set of icons to identify hazards across the country, we will alleviate any confusion faced by travellers and those living in border communities." RELATED READING: Ruthless blaze ravages Upper SE With fire danger season officially starting today, Minister Tarzia said SA was "well-placed" in terms of bushfire preparation. "You can never eliminate your risk of bushfire, but what you can do is mitigate the risk, and you can prepare as much as possible, for that risk," he said. "Unfortunately in SA, there is a degree of inevitability in regards to bushfires in these areas, that is why as a government we are doing everything we can to protect lives and properties this bushfire season. "We're making sure we're giving our volunteers and workers the tools they need to keep themselves and South Australians safe. "Thermal imaging cameras, Automatic Vehicle Location in our vehicles, delivering new trucks and better PPE, these are the sorts of things we're rolling out. "I'm confident we're doing everything we can to make sure we are better prepared and more resilient for this bushfire season." Start the day with all the big news in agriculture. Sign up here to receive our daily Stock Journal newsletter.