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Go to top of page19 December 2019
Bushfires: stay away
This year’s early and intense bushfires have meant a number of firefighting activities are occurring right around the country.
Water bombing aircraft operate low level and may change locations at short notice depending on fire conditions.
If you’re flying a manned or unmanned aircraft stay away from bushfires to ensure you do not endanger the essential firefighting operations.
A current combined flight information region (FIR) NOTAM warns of ‘unnotified intense aviation activity associated with firefighting operations,’ and requests pilots of manned aircraft to remain 5 nm clear of a bushfire horizontally and more than 3000 ft AGL. Unmanned aircraft should only be flown 5 nm horizontally away from a fire and no higher than 120 m or 400 ft AGL.
This is in addition to any temporary restricted areas that also may be declared near large fires.
Before setting off, make sure you check fire conditions in your local area and on your planned route.
Drone rules available at Know Your Drone.