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If you need further assistance, please call the DSE Customer Service Centre on 136 186
Rules for collecting firewood:
- Only collect firewood from within a designated firewood collection area during collection seasons.
- Only collect firewood for personal use and abide by maximum volume limits.
- Only collect fallen timber
- Leave logs with hollows and logs growing moss and fungi.
- Do not collect firewood within 20 metres of a watercourse.
- Do not cut, break off, or harm standing trees or shrubs (living or dead) - Do not drive your vehicle off roads or tracks.
- Do not use chainsaws on days of Total Fire Ban.
- Do not enter the forest on days of Code Red Fire Danger rating.
- Use only chainsaws fitted with a proper exhaust and spark arrester.
- Do not use heavy machinery such as log splitters, saw benches, tractors or vehicles and trailers with a carrying capacity over 2 tonnes.
- Do not tow or winch timber along the ground.
- Refill chainsaw oil and fuel in your trailer or tray of your truck.
- Take all litter with you when you leave
SafetyPlease take care of yourself and others at all times when collecting firewood. In particular:
- avoid collecting firewood when conditions are wet, windy or hot
- assess your work area for hazards before you start work- avoid working near hazards - avoid working alone or with children
- use well maintained equipment
- be trained and competent in the use of firewood collection equipment (including chainsaws)
- wear appropriate safety clothing and equipment
- carry a first aid kitPlease refer to WorkSafe Victoria for more information on safety in forest operations.
Hazards found in designated firewood collection areas may include but are not limited to:
DSE conducts regular patrols of designated firewood collection areas.
Please ensure you abide by collection conditions as penalties may apply.