What is the official stance of the Center on when to dismantle fire rings, and how to dismantle them when you do?

While it is preferable in many areas to remove old fire rings and consolidate to either one central fire ring or a few well designed and located fire rings, we always recommend checking with the local land management agency before removing any structures such as fire rings. It’s possible that the managing agency would like to have the older or excessive fire rings removed but you should give them a call first. Even though we defer to local land managers on the removal of fire rings we do recommend the following in our North American Skills & Ethics Booklet: In popular areas, leave a single, small, clean rock ring centered in the campsite. Dismantle and clean up any extra fire rings.