Stunning UAV video of bushfire

UAV video bushfire near Lithgow, NWS
UAV video bushfire near Lithgow, NWS
Still image from a UAV video of a bushfire near Lithgow, NWS

The video below of a bushfire was shot by an unmanned helicopter near Lithgow, a city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. While there are several issues that would need to be addressed to deploy one safely over an active wildfire, the benefits of having live aerial streaming video available to firefighters on the ground could be enormous.

The UAV was piloted by Cividrones.

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4 thoughts on “Stunning UAV video of bushfire”

  1. Nice detailed video. Impressive to see it fly into and through building and yes, the views are stunning and detailed. Seems to me that this kind of view of a fire from a UAV could provide very valuable real time information to fire command and crews on the line. One would suspect it’s easier and cheaper then a type 3 helicopter. But at times we are slow in accepting and using new technology.

  2. I highly doubt it is the slow acceptance of technology…….how about everybody and their needs of tech and having solely for their mission.

    How about the many operators currently in the US who already have UAS tech available with FAA blessings?

    Do we really need more UAS operators without FAA certifications at the low level environment of 400 to 500 foot?

    If wee do, then consider shutting down the airspace to all that other air tratffic in the FTA until its done doing its thing…….bad enough having all the new micro and bigger UAS vehicles in a smokey, near IFR environment.

    I would consider the use of these only when nuthin else is flying….but that is the ol Former ARMY Trained Safety NCO in me…..

  3. In what may be a reaction to this video and others, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority issued a warning to the operators of small UAVs, saying they are putting fire fighting operations at risk and should be aware of appropriate regulations.

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