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Are beach fire pits hazardous to your health and environment? (Photos, Poll)

by Ben Bergman | Take Two

Jerry Wymore, Paige Brown, Sabrina Fuentes, and Nick Kern of Apple Valley roast marshmallows on Thursday evening, June 6, at a fire pit on Huntington Beach. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

How harmful to your health are beach fires? That question has been at the center of an intense debate in several Southern California cities. 

After first proposing an outright ban, the South Coast Air Quality Management District — or AQMD — is now considering restrictions it says will make beach fires safer. But as KPCC's Ben Bergman reports, there's disagreement about just how unhealthy the fires really are.

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