Drones could potentially be used to help fight bushfires in Australia.
Remarkable footage of devastating fires, taken last month by a drone, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), has prompted the emergency services and licensed UAV operators to consider them as a tool in tackling the blazes.
Spokesman Inspector Ben Shepherd, from New South Wales Rural Fire Service, said: “It’s only going to give us more advantage when working out what’s going on with the fire and what’s going on on our fire grounds.”
He added the drones could be useful for reconnaissance when deciding if areas were too dangerous for crews to enter.
After the footage was released by a drone operator, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) issued a warning asking people using unauthorised remote aircraft in the fire zone to keep away.