Being coronavirus safe

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) - Autumn firewood season has now closed
  • 1 September to 30 November (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.

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.

Firewood regulations

The rules for firewood collection are contained in the Forests (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012 and Crown Land (Reserves) (Domestic Firewood) Regulations 2012.

These regulations will end on 28 August 2022.

New regulations are proposed to replace them before they end.

These new regulations are proposed to be very similar to the current regulations which mean the current rules for firewood collection won’t change.

You can find the current regulations on the Victorian Legislation website:

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.

Rules for collecting firewood

Page last updated: 15/07/22