What You Need to Know
Important! During firefighting operations, the restricted airspace around a wildfire includes a radius of approximately 9.26 kilometres (5 nautical miles) and up to an altitude of 3,000 feet above ground level.
If you're in the sky, we can't fly.
When you fly a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over or near a wildfire in Alberta, you are endangering firefighting personnel and may cause firefighting operations to stop. These delays can cause the wildfire grow larger and more dangerous without aircraft providing support from above. Aircraft are used to drop fire retardant or water, monitor wildfires and provide information to firefighters on the ground.
Before flying a drone or UAV, understand the rules that apply and follow them. Not doing so could cost you up to $25,000 in fines and impact safe firefighting efforts.
For more information, see the Transport Canada website at:
Updated: Jun 18, 2018