Forest Practices

Aviation Hazards Around Fires

As you know, fire makes smoke... and smoke creates attention. Please keep the following thoughts in mind:

  • Contact the local Flight Service Station to report fires and obtain fire information. Report fires from a distance.
  • For YOUR safety, avoid areas around fires.
  • "Curious" aircraft restrict our escape routes, and our ability to productively "fight" the fire.
  • We're generally operating between 200 feet agl and 5,000 feet agl, 5 miles around the perimeter.
  • Be aware of increased activity on routes between fires and adjacent airfields.

Remember the Hazards:

  • Increased focus on the ground by Flight Crews interferes with See and Avoid tactics.
  • Visibility is restricted due to smoke.
  • Heat from a large fire will create turbulence.