Domestic firewood collection from designated firewood collection areas on public land is allowed from 1 March to 30 June and 1 September to 30 November.
If there is a fire danger risk before 30 November or after 1 March, the relevant firewood collection season may be shortened.
Maps of designated domestic firewood collection areas that are currently open, are listed by Region.
The presence of a map does not guarantee that there will be firewood remaining in the firewood collection area. In many cases wood will need to be collected by hand and with a wheelbarrow, to cart the wood to a vehicle. Wood will be of varying sizes and may not be the same quality as the firewood sold by a commercial cutter.
Grampians Region - Designated domestic firewood collection areas
Barwon South West Region domestic firewood collection areas
Loddon Mallee Region - Designated domestic firewood collection areas
Port Phillip Region - Designated domestic firewood collection areas
Gippsland Region - Designated domestic firewood collection areas
Hume Region - Designated domestic firewood collection areas
Nominating someone to collect domestic firewood
If you are unable to collect firewood yourself for domestic use, you can nominate someone to collect on your behalf, by printing and completing the nomination form.
Nomination form for domestic firewood collection [PDF File - 59.2 KB]
Nomination form for domestic firewood collection (accessible) [MS Word Document - 229.5 KB]
The nominee must carry the completed nomination form while collecting domestic firewood on behalf of another.
Forest Explorer Online Interactive Maps
The Forest Explorer Online Interactive Maps system is an interactive mapping tool. The system displays the domestic firewood collection areas at a statewide extent. The zoom and panning functions enables you to navigate around the state and identify areas of interest and obtain maps showing greater detail for each firewood collection area. To view the domestic firewood collection areas select Map Layers > Firewood Collection Areas > Designated Collection areas > Refresh once in the Forest Explorer Online Interactive Maps system.
If you need further assistance, please call the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Rules and Safety when collecting domestic firewood
Rules when collecting domestic firewood on public land [PDF File - 269.1 KB]
Rules when collecting domestic firewood on public land (Accessible) [MS Word Document - 34.2 KB]
- Only collect firewood from within a designated domestic firewood collection area and during a domestic firewood season.
Only collect fallen or felled trees.
- Do not collect more than 2m3 per person per day. Note: 1m3 is approximately a 1.8m x 1.2m trailer of split firewood neatly stacked to a height of 0.5m.
Do not collect more than 16m3 per household per financial year.
- It is illegal to sell firewood collected from domestic collection areas or to use the wood in a commercial enterprise.
Heavy vehicles (> 4.5 tonne gross vehicle mass) (including any trailer) must not be brought into or used in a domestic firewood collection area.
- Heavy machinery (e.g. a bulldozer, crane, excavator, forwarder, hydraulic log splitter, saw bench, skidder, skid steer loader and tractor) must not be brought into or used in a firewood collection area.
Do not tow or winch fallen or felled trees along the ground.
- Do not collect firewood within 20m of a watercourse.
Do not drive your vehicle off formed roads or tracks.
- Do not cut, break off or damage standing trees or shrubs (living or dead).
Do not take away fallen or felled trees that are visibly hollow or growing moss or fungi with a coverage of >50%.
- Do not damage, disturb or destroy native flora and fauna.
Do not injure, damage, deface, desecrate, destroy or remove cultural heritage sites and artefacts.
- Take all litter with you when you leave.
Do not enter the forest on days of Code Red Fire Danger rating.
- Do not use chainsaws on days of Total Fire Ban.
Use only chainsaws fitted with a proper exhaust and spark arrester.
- Only refill chainsaw oil and fuel on an impermeable surface.
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Please 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 kit
Hazards found in designated firewood collection areas may include but are not limited to:
- broken overhead branches
- dead standing trees
- uneven or slippery ground conditions
- mine shafts
- snakes and stinging insects
Please refer to www.worksafe.vic.gov.au for more information on safety in forest operations.
DEPI conducts regular patrols of firewood collection areas.
Please ensure you abide by collection rules as significant penalties apply.
Video surveillance cameras may be installed in firewood collection areas.
If you suspect illegal activity contact DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186