Forest Fire Management Victoria reminds firewood collectors that the autumn domestic firewood collection season will end across the state on Friday 30 June.

“If people are needing firewood for the coming winter, then they need to do so before the season closes next week,” Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Regional Manager, Forest Fire Operations, Shaun Lawlor, said.

“Make sure firewood collection is only carried out in designated collection areas,” Mr Lawlor said.

“If you need help locating domestic firewood designated collection areas, the Forest Fire Management Victoria website has maps of all sites available in the Hume Region.

“Forest Fire Management Victoria cannot guarantee firewood will be available at all sites and where available, it will be of varying sizes and quality.

“Some collection areas have already closed this autumn due to low supply.

“Firewood collectors are reminded that it is illegal to sell firewood collected on public land without an appropriate permit or licence or to take more than the allowed amount.

“Under the Forest Act 1958, people who collect firewood outside designated firewood collection areas or a firewood collection season, take more than the maximum allowable amounts or sell firewood they have collected can face on the spot fines of $607, or a maximum penalty in court of one year imprisonment or a $7583.50 fine, or both.

“Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on 136 186 and quote ‘Operation Block Splitter’.

“DELWP and Parks Victoria officers patrol forests and take a zero-tolerance approach to those who are violating firewood collection laws.”

The spring firewood collection season will open on 1 September 2017.

More information at https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/firewood-collection-in-your-region

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