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Newport Beach council approves plan for wood-burning fire rings after dispute over pollution


NEWPORT BEACH, California — The Newport Beach City Council has voted to return to beach fire rings that burn wood after a lengthy dispute over air quality issues.

The Orange County Register reports ( that councilmembers on Tuesday voted 5-2 to approve an interim plan that returns at least 15 wood-burning fire rings to Corona del Mar State Beach and a part of Balboa Pier.

It also approved a permanent plan to eventually return all 60 beach fire pits to wood fuel instead of charcoal.

That long-term plan requires a permit from the California Coastal Commission.

The city had switched to charcoal-only fire pits last spring after new rules from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

But the city can satisfy the new rules by spacing the rings further apart.

Information from: The Orange County Register,

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