Besides high temperatures, wind and dry conditions, Australian firefighters have one more thing to worry about this summer: Drones.

A mid-air collision between a civilian drone and a firefighting plane or helicopter could be devastating, and drones spotted in the airspace around fires could force aircraft to be grounded, suspending the relief effort.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) launched a social media and public awareness campaign on Sunday to tackle the issue before the country’s fire season begins in earnest. The agency is warning that drone users caught flying near bushfires could face steep fines for putting firefighting aircraft and firefighters at risk. Read more…

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Drones could make Australia’s fire season even riskier