Can the Coastal Commission help stop the removal of the fire rings on the beaches?
Despite opposition, the South Coast Air Quality Management District board approved restrictions Friday on the fire pits Southern California beaches. The restrictions will keep fire pits at least 700 feet from the nearest residence.
The fire rings can be closer to residences if they are at least 100 feet apart from each other if the city has 15 or fewer rings. Other restrictions include limiting beach fires on days of high pollution. Newport Beach is expected to see the biggest impact. The Air Quality Board is also looking to try out programs that would use natural or propane gas instead of wood as an option.
The Coastal Commission requested scientific data on health effects on fire pits to see if this was truly an issue for residents.
Do you think the District Board made the right decision? What if anything can the coastal commission do? Do you think the restrictions are fair? Are fire rings harmful to residents and the environment?
Ben Bergman, KPCC’s reporter who has been following the fire pits controversy
Nancy Gardner, Newport Beach city councilwoman representing District 6 which includes Corona del Mar, where several fire pits are