September 1, 2014
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) - Sparks may fly Friday as Southern California's regulators decide whether to restrict beach fire pits.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District board is scheduled to consider a staff proposal to prohibit fire rings within 700 feet of homes. That would force relocation or removal of dozens of rings but it's an alternative to completely banning them. The proposal also would include a pilot program to fuel the rings with gas instead of wood.
There are more than 750 beach fire pits in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Newport Beach residents sought a ban, saying the smoke drifts over and pollutes their homes. But neighboring cities, primarily Huntington Beach, say they are a beach tradition and a tourist attraction.
Supporters have rallied to save them.
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