Fire­wood sea­son ends

Benalla Ensign - - News -

The au­tumn fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son is coming to a close.

Hume as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer Aaron Kennedy said the au­tumn fire­wood col­lec­tion pe­riod would close across Victoria on Satur­day, June 30.

‘‘If peo­ple are plan­ning to col­lect fire­wood for winter, then they need to do so be­fore the sea­son ends,’’ Mr Kennedy said.

‘‘Once the sea­son closes it will be il­le­gal for peo­ple to col­lect fire­wood on public land un­til spring.’’

Mr Kennedy said if peo- ple were in need of help to find des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas, all sites could be found on the For­est Fire Man­age­ment Victoria web­site.

‘‘Fire­wood col­lec­tion may al­ready have ceased in some parts of the re­gion where sup­plies are ex­hausted, or where rain­fall or flood­ing has af­fected track con­di­tions mak­ing col­lect­ing un­safe,’’ he said.

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

Mr Kennedy said the spring fire­wood col­lec­tion pe­riod would open on Septem­ber 1 this year, de­pend­ing on con­di­tions.

He said on-the-spot fines ranged from $622 and, for of­fences that went to court, a per­son may be li­able for fines up to $7773, one-year im­pris­on­ment, or both.

To re­port the il­le­gal re­moval of fire­wood, phone DELWP on 136 186.

●To find your near­est fire­wood col­lec­tion area or for more in­for­ma­tion and up­dates, go to www.ffm.vic.gov.au/fire­wood

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