Spring firewood collection season closes this week
THE spring 2016 fi rewood collection season closes across Victoria today (Wednesday, November 30).
“From Thursday, December 1, 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,” Forest Fire Management Victoria - regional manager forest and fire operations Peter Kambouris said.
“The public will be able to start collecting firewood again from designated firewood collection areas from March 1, 2017, pending suitable conditions.”
Forest Fire Management Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves t o ensure people are doing the right thing.
Firewood collection is only permitted during designated times of the year and from designated collection areas 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.
For more i nformation and updates visit www. delwp. vic. g ov. a u / f i r ewood, y o u r n e a r - est DELWP office or call t he 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’.