The Spring 2016 firewood collection season closes next week

The Spring 2016 Firewood Collection Season will close across Victoria on Wednesday (30/11/16).

Forest Fire Management Victoria - Regional Manager Forest and Fire Operations Peter Kambouris said: “From Thursday 1 December, 2016, all designated firewood collection areas will be closed over the Summer period, and it will be illegal for people to collect firewood on public land until the start of the Autumn Firewood Collection Season.

“Firewood collection may already have ceased in some parts of the state where supplies are exhausted or where rainfall or flooding has affected track conditions making collection unsafe,” Mr Kambouris said.

“The public will be able to start collecting firewood again from designated firewood collection areas from 1 March, 2017, pending suitable conditions.”

Forest Fire Management Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.

Firewood collection is only permitted during designated times of the year and from designated firewood collection areas.

Firewood collected at these sites is for personal use only and cannot be sold.

Typical on-the-spot fines are around $622 and for offences that go to court, a person may be liable for fines up to $7773, one year imprisonment or both.

To find your nearest firewood collection area or for more information and updates visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood, your nearest DELWP office or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186 and quote ‘Operation Axe’.