I got home at 4:30 today took my ash pan outside to my metal pail that sits on cinder blocks out in the yard. Its windy and snowy, I dumped it and went back in. Its now 6:55, 2 1/2 hours later, turned on the spotlight to check out the snowfall, and I see smoke. I walk over, and theres a coal bed of smoldering leaves. I quick hooked up the hose and sprayed the whole area, even though it is wet out and snowing. Just goes to show you can never be too careful.