A Corangamite man who deliberately set fire to a blue gum plantation, causing $5000 damage, told police he lit fires when he was stressed.
Troy Evans, 47, of Jancourt East, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to arson and other offences.
He accepted a sentence indication of four months' jail and a 12-month correction order.
Evans has already served two months in custody on remand and will be released in July. The correction order will include therapeutic conditions including treatment for drug addiction and mental health.
Magistrate Franz Holzer said the offending had "significant consequences in terms of damage".
On March 18, members from Cobden police were called to Jancourt East property to conduct a a welfare check on Evans who was acting erratic and threatening to kill his employer.
Upon arriving at a Timboon-Colac Road property, police members were told Evans had rode a quad bike into a nearby blue gum plantation.
The court heard he sat in the plantation for about 45 minutes before setting fire to the trees about 6.30pm, starting a fire that stretched across .75 hectares, causing $5000 damage.
Five CFA tankers attended the scene and extinguished the fire.
A police prosecutor said it was "extremely fortunate the entire plantation wasn't destroyed" and that no one was injured.
Evan's employer told police that prior to the arson attack, the man was acting erratically, smashing through fences with a quad bike and subsequently injuring himself.
A critical incident response team attended the scene and Evans was arrested.
He was conveyed to Warrnambool Base Hospital for a psychiatric assessment.
On March 20 he was released into police custody. During an interview Evans told police he "lit fires when he was stressed".
Evans was charged with arson and other offences and remanded in custody.
While in custody, he kicked his cells walls and door a number of times, threw toilet paper at a CCTV camera and threw rubbish and food around the exercise yard.
Have you signed up to The Standard's daily newsletter and breaking news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that's happening in the south-west.