Agenda Item: Burn Barrel/Ash Dump Etiquette and Guidelines:
I'd like to raise the issue of continually increasing Sunday/Monday poor burn barrel etiquette, leading to impolite ash dumps during Monday Exodus. Over the past couple of years (aside from last October when it POURED all day on Monday), I've noticed a steadily increasing volume of *still hot* ashes and half burn logs (yay! kindling!) piled into the ash dump on Mondays. DPW and Exodus continue to increase our efforts to maintain safety.
This past May, multiple members from Exodus, DPW, and even the Greeters who were helping with traffic all pitched in to continuously cool down the ash pile, and yet by mid-afternoon we still had a "smoking hot" ash dump and Fernando actually stepped in to extinguish it.
Have the multiple mud burns lulled Pdf'ers into a false sense of security? I'd like to start a discussion about what we can do to start curbing this bad burn barrel/ash dump behavior, raise awareness of the "Wise campers stop their fires early on Sunday evening so their ashes are cold during Pack Out on Monday." rule under public safety in the GUD, hear from our fire safety experts with any suggestions for easier ways to tend to the ash dump (if there are any?).
Also, this ties in to the discussion from the Afterburn call and last call regarding the bit of uneven firewood distribution that's been happening. If burners don't have their extra firewood to burn until sunrise on Monday, maybe the ash dump can stay cool, the gates can stay warm, and the artists will have plenty to create with?