PILOTS flying through South Australia's Eyre Peninsula have been urged to stay clear of the airspace above a bushfire.The airspace around a fire can become congested with aircraft flying at altitudes between 200 to 2000 feet above ground level, said Country Fire Service Aviation Services.
"We are asking pilots in the area to adhere to the 'Notice to Airmen' that was issued requesting that aircraft travelling below 3000 feet above ground level to remain 10 kilometres clear of the Coomunga fires," said David Pearce, manager of aviation operations.
"Bombing aircraft don't just stay at the fire but travel back and forth to reload and refuel, meaning aircraft will be leaving and returning to the fire ground constantly.
"Visibility in the vicinity of a fire is generally poor due to the smoke so we want to ensure that the safety of all pilots is maintained."
Five aircraft are supporting the fire fighting efforts and have dropped over 350,000 litres of water on the Coomunga fire since it began on Tuesday.
The CFS also has deployed command and observation aircraft that fly above the fire and map the fire activity to coordinate the water bombing attack.
"CFS aircraft keep close radio contact to ensure appropriate separation of aircraft," Mr Pearce said.
"While we appreciate pilots seeing smoke and wanting to gain an aerial view of the situation, this seemingly innocent action could become dangerous."