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Firewood season ending

Firewood season ending

Image: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Autumn season ending June 30

The Autumn Firewood Collection Season will close across Victoria at the end of the month (June 30).

Firewood cannot be collected outside collection periods, to minimise risks to people, the environment and infrastructure during winter as well as periods of highest fire hazard.

Collection limits are also in place, to prevent households stockpiling large volumes of firewood from public land and denying others a supply.

According to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the collection limits include;

. Up to 2 cubic metres per person, per day.

1 cubic metre is about a 1.8 metre (6 foot) x 1.2 metre (4 foot) trailer of split firewood, neatly stacked to a height of half a metre (20 inches).

. You cannot collect more than 16 cubic metres per household per financial year (July to June).

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Penalties such as on-the-spot fines over $8,000 and/or legal action could be taken against those who don't follow the rules.

According to Forest Fire Management Murray-Goldfields Regional Manager Adrian Parker, they don't expect a last-minute rush.

"The season this year has been fairly consistent all throughout the year and in some spots it's starting to taper off a little bit, says Parker.

"So, no rush towards the end, but there have been some areas that have seen a higher take than in previous years."

Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186.

The spring season will run from September 1 to November 30.

More information can be found at: ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood

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