The Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety was called out on Monday, Jan. 26 to Forest Rim Condominiums for a dumpster fire. The fire was extinguished in short order, but this is a timely reminder about properly disposing of fireplace ashes.
Ashes should never be placed in a regular trash dumpster, nor should ashes be left on or under a wooden structure like a porch or deck or next to a firewood pile, or up against a garage. While it may seem obvious, all ashes should be stored in a fire-resistant (metal) container with a tight fitting cover (buckets made especially for storage of ashes are available at many area retailers). They should NEVER be disposed of in a plastic garbage bag or can, a cardboard box, or paper grocery bag. Most Waterville Valley condominium associations have an ash can (Forest Rim does!) that should be used to dispose of fireplace ashes.
Dumpster fires can be dangerous. They pose a hazard to nearby structures and the toxic gasses given off from combustion.
Images and information from the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety.