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Australia What were they thinking? Holidaymakers are blasted for posing for photos at tourists hotpots as raging bushfires closed in

18:16  12 november  2019
18:16  12 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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What were they thinking ? Holidaymakers are blasted for posing for photos at tourists hotpots as raging bushfires closed in . Holidaymakers have been urged to keep away from dangerous bushfire sites in NSW after drones were spotted above raging blazes, while some tourists posed

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Holidaymakers have been urged to keep away from dangerous bushfire sites in NSW after drones were spotted above raging blazes, while some tourists posed for photos as they were told to flee. 

The federal government's aviation authority has labelled the use of personal drones over fire grounds as 'sheer stupidity' that risks lives after an incident on Monday night.

Crews on Sydney's North Shore were responding to reports of smoke when they spotted a civilian drone hovering over the area.

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Bushfires are frequent events during the warmer months of the year, due to Australia's mostly hot , dry climate. Each year, such fires impact extensive areas.

Pictures: Bushfires rage across NSW

Jamie Fato tries to stop an out of control fire entering Owen Whalan's property at Koorainghat, near Taree in the Mid North Coast region of NSW, Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Although no fire was found, the drone could have seriously hampered firefighting efforts, the Killara rural fire brigade said in a Facebook post.

'If a fire was confirmed at the location we would not be able to request any aerial assistance due to the sighting of a drone near the fire,' the brigade posted in a statement on Facebook.

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'Please do not fly drones near fires, you are risking lives, if you fly then we can't.' 

NSW RFS spokesman Matt Sun said the use of drones on fire grounds was a 'highly dangerous practice' for the public, firefighters and air crews.

'If there are drones in the areas we are forced to ground aircraft for safety reasons and obviously when those aircraft are grounded that means they're not responding to the fire,' Mr Sun told AAP on Tuesday.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said flying a drone near a bushfire was illegal.

Jamie Fato tries to stop an out of control fire entering Owen Whalan's property at Koorainghat, near Taree in the Mid North Coast region of NSW, Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Pictures: Bushfires rage across NSW

The act could attract fines of up to $10,500 and prosecution may be sought where people are put at risk, Mr Gibson said in a statement on Tuesday.

'There are no circumstances where an unauthorised drone should be flown near a fire,' he said.

'It is sheer stupidity as it puts lives at risk, both on the ground and in the air.'

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Residents thought they were going to die huddled in their small NSW community's fire station during an 'apocalyptic' bushfire that sounded like a freight 'Leave bushfire prone areas the night before or early in the day – do not just wait and see what happens. 'Start making arrangements now.If you are

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'A mid-air collision with a firefighting aircraft could be catastrophic.'

The Killara brigade also saw a number of vehicles coming to 'sightsee' whether there was a fire.

'This not only causes traffic congestion but also slows down our ability to respond,' the RFS crew said.

'Don't drive to where the fire trucks are going.'

Despite extensive warnings from fire officials to flee the area, tourists were spotted taking photos in smokey and hazy conditions at the Three Sisters lookout in the Blue Mountains.

Houses in Turramurra also became a target for tourists photos after buildings were covered in bright pink flame retardant in preparation for incoming flames. 

Mr Sun said people shouldn't be seeking out dangerous areas.

'People shouldn't be going out of their way to try and get photos of these situations, they shouldn't be anywhere near the bush at all, it is that dangerous,' he said. 

To find out the latest on the NSW and QLD bushfires, please refer to:

  • NSW RFS
  • QRFS

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