THREE people were recently fined $634 each after breaching firewood collection laws in the Lyell State Forest near Bendigo.
Forest and Fire Management Victoria’s senior forest and fire operations officer Tim Wishart said three men were detected collecting firewood from public land outside of the firewood collection season.
“The men were from Flora Hill, Werribee and Axedale, aged between 23 and 25,” Mr Wishart said.
“Forest and Fire Management Victoria officers were carrying out forest maintenance work when they heard the chainsaws so went to investigate.
“They found the three men illegally sawing up an ironbark tree for firewood.
“The offenders each received a $634 penalty infringement notice for illegally collecting firewood.
“Forest Fire Management Victoria officers work in the forests every day and take a zero-tolerance approach to people who violate firewood collection laws.
“All of the illegally collected wood was confiscated.”
The spring firewood collection season on public land opens on September 1.
For more information on domestic firewood collection on public land, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood
If you see suspicious behaviour in the forest, call 136 186 or your nearest police station.