Last call for your firewood
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.