THE spring 2017 firewood collection season closed across Victoria yesterday.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Regional Forest Management and Roading co-ordinator Ted Stabb said from today, all designated firewood collection areas would be closed over summer and it would be 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,’’ Mr Stabb said.
‘‘The public will be able to start collecting firewood again from designated firewood collection areas from March 1 pending suitable conditions.’’
Forest Fire Management Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.
Typical on-the-spot fines are about $634 and for offences that go to court, a person may be liable for fines up to $7926, 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 DELWP office.