Are there any recommended methods for disposing of ash from fire pits while primitive camping? I have run into several fire pits in National and State forest camping areas where the fire pit or fire ring is already filled with ash to a point that seems excessive and unsafe. What are the recommended methods for clearing the pits to maintain a minimal impact?
I've seen piles of ash just collected near the site. It doesn't seem right to just pile it up though.
Is it better to disperse it around the impacted grounds? Would it be better to disperse it deeper away from the actual camping site?
Should I pack it out and dump it in the municipal trash?
This is specifically referring to cool, completely extinguished ash. Please be sure to properly put out your fires and allow all ash/coals to sit for an extend amount of time (several days if possible).