Forest Fire Management Victoria is warning firewood collectors that the autumn domestic firewood collection season will end across the state on Friday.
‘‘If people are needing firewood for the coming winter, then they need to do so before the season closes,’’ Forest Fire Operations regional manager Shaun Lawlor said.
‘‘Make sure firewood collection is only carried out in designated collection areas.
‘‘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.’’
Mr Lawlor said FFMV couldn’t guarantee the availability of firewood at all sites and would be available in varying sizes and quality, with some sites already closed due to low supplies.
‘‘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,’’ he said.
‘‘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.’’
●People can report information about illegal removal of firewood for sale to DELWP on 136186 and quote ‘Operation Block Splitter’.
●The spring firewood collection season will open on September 1. For more information, visit: www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/firewood-collection-in-your-region