I just dumped my ash bucket that had been sitting inside for well over a week. Any ash shoveling that was done in that time contained very little coals... at least that is what I thought. I filled a large pitcher of water and grab the ash bucket as I normally do when the hose ends up on the other side of the house. I dumped the ash in the normal location and pored the pitcher of water on it. I came in to refill the pitcher and by the time I came out I had several glowing coals exposed. It took four more pitchers of water before the ash pile stopped steaming and sizzling and nine pitchers of water were used to be sure everything was thoroughly soaked. With the amount of fallen leaves on the ground there could have easily been a fire if I hadn't soaked the ash pile with large amounts of water. Don't just dump. Water your ash pile.