Large Air Tanker flies over Kooralbyn to help firefighting efforts

LAT: The aircraft drops red fire retardant at Kooralbyn.

LAT: The aircraft drops red fire retardant at Kooralbyn.

THE Conair Q400MR Large Air Tanker flew over the Scenic Rim today, flying over Kooralbyn and dropping 10,000 litres of fire retardant near the site of a bushfire that has been burning since Sunday.

The aircraft then returned to Bundaberg to reload and came back to add another 10,000 litres.

Rural Fire Service incident controller Kaye Healing said the tanker had flown from Bundaberg, where it has been based since the advanced aircraft was delivered to Queensland from overseas in August.

"This is the first time the LAT has been deployed in the region," Ms Healing said.

"The retardant is heavier than water, it's a clay-like substance and it doesn't wash or blow away.

"Once we confirm the retardant has been dropped exactly where it needs to be, crews on the ground will continue backburning.

'This is to protect the township from any fires coming this way.

"We will have eight trucks out there tonight."

Ms Healy reminded residents that drones are banned around emergency staging areas.

"It's against the law to operate drones here at the moment," she said.

"It stops all aerial operations, as soon as a drone is seen our aircraft, including the LAT, can no longer operate.

"Keep your drones on the ground please."