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If you need to collect firewood, make sure you follow physical distancing requirements by staying at least 1.5 metres away from anyone else while collecting.
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When you can collect firewood
Firewood can be collected from:
- 1 March to 30 June (Autumn season)
- 1 September to 30 November (Spring season) - Spring firewood season opened on Thursday 1 September
Firewood cannot be collected outside these times to minimise risks to people, the environment and infrastructure during winter and periods of highest fire hazard.
If there is a high fire danger risk, the firewood collection season may be shortened to reduce risk. Do not enter the forest on days when Catastrophic fire danger has been forecast.
Some firewood collection areas may close at short notice due to a planned burning activity. New firewood collection areas may also open throughout the season.
Where you can collect firewood
Spring Firewood collection season opened 1 September and will close on 30 November.
Designated Firewood collection areas in state forests in Central Victoria and a limited number of other areas will be restricted to residents of specific local shires.
Your safety in the forests is a priority. Be aware of the environment around you at all times, trees may fall or drop limbs without notice.
- Select the button below to view where you can collect firewood in your area and any information that might be exclusive to your region.
- Please view the Regional State Forest maps to identify firewood collection areas in your region. Here you can download and print an updated map of where firewood can be collected in your area. Please be aware of information that may be specific to your region.
- Official signs make these areas easy to identify.
- Please note it is illegal to sell firewood from domestic firewood collection areas.
- Do not collect firewood within 20 metres of any rivers, creeks, lakes or dams.
- Please protect native flora and fauna and respect cultural heritage sites.
- Recent rains may have impacted some forests. Please avoid collecting firewood during or immediately after heavy rainfall for your own safety and to ensure that your car doesn’t become bogged due to muddy track.
- Please take your litter with you when you leave.
- The rules for firewood collection are contained in the Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2022 and Crown Land (Reserves) (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2022.
- These regulations were recently updated to replace the 2012 regulations which were due to end on 28 August 2022.
- These new regulations are very similar to the previous regulations which means the rules for firewood collection haven’t changed.
- You can find the current regulations at:
There are serious penalties for failing to follow firewood collection rules.
FFMVic works with the Conservation Regulator to regularly patrol state forests and make sure people are adhering to the firewood collection rules.
Official signs make these areas easy to identify.
Read about what you can and can’t collect and the penalties on the new Conservation Regulator website, or click the button below.
Page last updated: 05/09/22