California state lawmakers backing beach fire rings

Huntington Beach Fire Pits - 9

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Local air regulators say the wood fires produce carcinogens similar to that of smoking a pack of cigarettes or inhaling diesel engine fumes.

California lawmakers have weighed in on the burning issue of banning fire pits at California beaches.

The Orange County Register says the state Assembly last month approved a nonbinding resolution supporting the protection of the fire rings, and the Senate approved it Monday.
           
The resolution actually supports general beach access, protection and traditions. But it specifically mentions fire rings, calling them a "time-honored" and "important beach attraction."

RELATED: Tension heats up among Orange County, cities, regulators over fire rings
           
The resolution was authored by two Assemblyman from Southern California beach areas.
           
Newport Beach residents are seeking to ban the fire pits, saying the smoke drifts over and pollutes their homes.
           
Ban neighboring cities want to preserve them. The South Coast Air Quality Management District will consider several options next month, including creating a buffer zone between the rings and homes.

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