Last call for your fire­wood

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

THE spring fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son will close across Vic­to­ria to­day.

For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria re­gional man­ager for­est and fire op­er­a­tions Peter Kam­bouris said from to­mor­row all des­ig­nated col­lec­tion ar­eas would be closed.

“It will be il­le­gal to col­lect fire­wood on pub­lic land un­til the au­tumn fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son,” he said.

“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.

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

For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria staff will pa­trol 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 col­lec­tion ar­eas.

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

On-the-spot fines are around $622, of­fences go­ing to court can see fines up to $7773, one year im­pris­on­ment or both.

To find your near­est fire­wood col­lec­tion area or for more in­for­ma­tion go to delwp.vic.gov.au/fire­wood or call 136 186.

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