Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Authorised Officers partnered with members from Four

Wheel Drive Victoria over the Labour Day holiday weekend to undertake education patrols and

engage with users of recreation sites.

FFMVic Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Chris Stephenson said: “The Labour Day holiday weekend

was another great opportunity for visitors to enjoy Gippsland’s State Forests.”

“Our Authorised Officers spent time patrolling the region’s forests with members from Four Wheel

Drive Victoria, in a joint effort to engage with people about their camping experiences and to pass

on information about responsible behaviour when using our forests and parks,” Mr Stephenson


“It was good to see that most people were doing the right thing when it comes to camping, walking,

riding and driving in our forests.”

“Unfortunately, despite our education efforts and the responsible behaviour shown by most people,

Authorised Officers were disappointed to find unattended campfires at a number of sites.”

“If anybody is still unsure about how to safely light, maintain and put out their campfire, we strongly

encourage them to check the guidelines.” (

“It is concerning to see that the message is not being heard by some. We can’t emphasise enough

how critical it is to make sure your campfire is completely extinguished with water until it is cool to

touch and safe to leave.”

If you see something, say something and report irresponsible or illegal behaviour at our recreation

sites to DELWP on 136 186 or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.