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Collecting free firewood to end next week

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November 23, 2016

The spring 2016 firewood collection season closes across Victoria next Wednesday.

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s operations manager Peter Kambouris said 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 Kambouris said.

He said public collection of firewood from designated areas started again in March, pending suitable conditions.

Mr Kambouris said Forest Fire Management Victoria staff would be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people were doing the right thing.

Firewood collection is only permitted during designated times of the year and from designated firewood collection areas. Firewood collected at these sites is for personal use only and cannot be sold.

Typical on-the-spot fines are about $622 and for offences that go to court, a person may be liable for fines up to $7773, a term of one year’s imprisonment or both.

To find your nearest firewood collection area or for more information and updates, visit www. delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood or www.delwp.vic.gov.au/ firewood visit your nearest DELWP office or phone the Customer Service Centre on 136186.

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