More than 100 firewood collection areas will be opened in the Hume region as the autumn firewood collection season for 2017 starts across Victoria.
The collection areas will open from Wednesday, March 1, and Forest Fire Management Victoria’s assistant chief fire officer of the Hume region Gill Metz said it was pivotal that people knew where and how much firewood they could collect.
‘‘Once the firewood collection season is under way, it’s important that people only collect firewood from designated areas and stay within collection limits,’’ Ms Metz said.
‘‘This includes taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year.
‘‘Designated collection areas are put in place to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance. Some households rely on firewood for winter energy, so consider others when taking wood.’’
There will be 108 firewood collection areas open across the Hume region this autumn. However, fire danger or flooding may require the closure of firewood collection areas in some parts of the region.
VicRoads does not currently allow firewood collection on roadsides it manages, with infringement notices for illegal firewood collection totalling a fine of $622, with maximum penalties for offences under the Forest Act 1958 standing at $7773, one year imprisonment or both.
From March 1, maps showing designated collection areas will be available through the website.
The autumn firewood collection season closes on Friday, June 30.
■ For more information, go to www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood or call 136186.
To check for planned burning sites, go to www.vic.gov.au/plannedburn and download the VicEmergency app or call VicEmergency on 1800226226.