FIREWOOD collection areas are now closed for the summer period, with the spring 2017 firewood collection season ending last Thursday.
It is now illegal for people to collect firewood on public land until the start of the autumn firewood collection season.
“Firewood collection may already have ceased in some parts of the state where supplies are exhausted or where rainfall or flooding has affected track conditions making collection unsafe,” Forest Fire Management Victoria Murray Goldfields district manager Paul Bates said.
“The public will be able to start collecting firewood again from designated firewood collection areas from March 1, 2018, pending suitable conditions.
Forest Fire Management Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are following requirements.
Typical on-the-spot fines are around $622.
For offences that go to court, a person may be liable for fines up to $7773, one-year imprisonment — or both.
To find your nearest firewood collection area or for more information and updates visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood or your nearest Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning office.
Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood from public land for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186 and quote ‘Operation Block Splitter’.