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When you can collect firewood
Penalties

When you can collect firewood

  • Firewood can be collected from:
    • 1 March to 30 June 2019 (Autumn season) - the autumn firewood collection season is now closed.
    • 1 September to 30 November 2019 (Spring season)
  • Firewood cannot be collected outside these times to minimise risks to people, the environment and infrastructure during winter and periods of highest fire hazard.
  • There are serious penalties for failing to follow firewood collection rules.
  • 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 of Code Red Fire Danger rating.
  • 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.

Penalties

Please follow these collection rules - serious penalties apply if you break the law. Video surveillance cameras are used to monitor State Forests, and DELWP and Parks Victoria conduct regular patrols of forest areas. These officers can issue on-the-spot fines or take people to court for major offences.

Penalties for not following these rules include fines up to $8,059  or up to one year’s imprisonment.

If you see an offence or misconduct, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

The legislation and regulations that establish the rules for domestic firewood collection are

  • Forests Act 1958
  • Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012
  • Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978
  • Crown Land (Reserves) (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2010

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Page last updated: 30/06/19