From Friday the 1st of December, 2017, 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.
The public will be able to start collecting firewood again from designated firewood collection areas from the 1st of March, 2018, pending suitable conditions.
Some firewood collection areas are associated with planned burning and may be closed at short notice.
If you haven't already, please read the Domestic Firewood Collection Rules.
Each map has been lodged with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Original certified maps can also be viewed at www.landata.vic.gov.au
To print maps, set your printer to A4 or A3 and to 'fit printable area'.
Firewood collection area maps can be optimised for viewing on mobile devices using the free Avenza Maps Mobile App.
Autumn: 1 March to 30 June
Spring: 1 September to 30 November
If there is a fire danger risk the relevant firewood collection season may be shortened.
Some firewood collection areas can be subject to planned burning activity and may be closed at short notice.
Additional firewood collection areas may be opened throughout the season.
Roadside collection is generally managed by VicRoads or local governments.
Firewood collection is not allowed on roads managed by VicRoads but you can seek permission from local governments. Roadside collection in State forests is only allowed in designated areas.
The Forests Act 1958 and the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 and associated regulations establish the rules and outline penalties for domestic firewood collection.
Typical on-the-spot fines are around $634. Offences that go to court may be liable for fines of up to $7926, one year imprisonment or both.
If you would like to report an offence or misconduct please contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides Non-Mains Energy Concession to assist Victorian concession households that rely on firewood, LPG and other non- mains methods for heating and cooking.
For more information visit the Department of Human Services Vic.
For further information please contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.