Forest Fire Management Victoria reminds firewood collectors the autumn domestic firewood collection season will end across the state on Friday, June 30.
Forest Fire Management Victoria spokesperson Peter Kambouris said if people were intending to stock up on firewood for the coming winter they needed to do so before the season closes next week.
“Make sure firewood collection is carried out only from designated collection areas that are open,” Mr Kambouris said.
“If you need help locating domestic firewood designated collection areas, the Forest Fire Management Victoria website has maps of all sites available at https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/firewood-collection-in-your-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.
“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 $7,583.50 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 on 136 186 and quote ‘Operation Block Splitter’,” he said.
“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 September 1.