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As bushfires raged through South Australia, a man watched the flames approach his farm while he was 3,000km away, but not entirely helpless to act.
Amateur drone pilots are being warned to avoid bushfire areas with the Rural Fire Service saying the threat of drone hazards could force fire fighters to down their own aircraft.
Google has launched an online service that shows the location and severity of the bushfires currently raging across Australia.
Researchers at the University of Queensland have created a disposable, biodegradable drone based on a paper plane.
The Victorian Government's refusal to provide data for the search giant's bushfire map mashup limited its scope and highlighted copyright problems, Google engineer says.
Engineers create a Flash map to keep track of the fires and help reduce the traffic burden to the official sites that are coordinating emergency services.