Environment & Science

Orange County supervisors vote to oppose beach bonfire ban

Newport Beach
Newport Beach

Orange County supervisors have thrown their support behind the California tradition of beach bonfires in the face of a proposed ban.

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose a broad ban and let cities decide for themselves on seaside fire pits, the Orange County Register reports.

Supervisor Todd Spitzer said beach bonfires are a piece of Americana like "mother and apple pie."

Residents of Newport Beach have pushed for removing the fire rings, saying the smoke is drifting into homes and causing health hazards.

Cities including Huntington Beach have opposed the move.

The decision will fall to pollution regulators. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to vote on a ban on May 3, and the California Coastal Commission will vote after that.