Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and contractors have been working hard to get more designated firewood collection areas open for Wellington and East Gippsland shire residents.

Gippsland’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Beth Roberts said nine new areas will be open from 8 May near Cabbage Tree, Orbost, Waygara, Omeo, Swifts Creek, Briagolong and Glenmaggie.

“Many of these additional firewood collection areas will use wood from fire break construction and from the removal of hazardous trees during bushfires,” Dr Roberts said.

“Specific location details are included in the interactive maps at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/find-a-firewood-collection-area.

“We hope these new sites that are closer to communities will make it easier for those who rely on firewood for heat during winter to stock up their sheds. So do the right thing and stick to the collection limit of two cubic metres per person per day, and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household each financial year.

“Please take care when collecting the timber, and not only be mindful of your own safety, but those around you cutting wood nearby. 

“Firewood can only be collected from nominated sites,” Dr Roberts said. 

In line with government advice and to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID19), Victorians should stay home. We recognise you may need to collect firewood depending on your circumstances. If you need to collect firewood, make sure you follow physical distancing requirements by staying at least 1.5 metres away from anyone else while collecting.

For further information on firewood collection or to report illegal or suspicious behaviour in public land areas, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186. 

For information and updates, including interactive maps showing designated firewood collection areas, visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood, or you can call 136 186 to find out more.