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AQMD Staff Report Proposes Beach Burning Ban

The much anticipated AQMD Staff report has been released. In it are new definitions of Rule 444 and 445: A new definition is added for “beach burning” which is prohibited beginning January 1, 2015 under this amendment. However, using charcoal and liquid/gaseous fuels for cooking at beaches is still permitted. Other types of recreational, ceremonial, […]

Fire Rings Fruit Cake Bingo!

Some of you are wondering… has this site been taken over by a bunch of anti-fire rings fanatics? I’m still checking my web logs, but in the meantime, let me fire one last shot across the bow! Soon I’ll be back on my meds and riding my bike, then these other advocacy issues will blow […]

Horse Trading Public Health

The story heated up today when Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry released a letter he wrote to his counterpart in Huntington Beach. The topic is fire rings. The Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously to remove 60 local fire rings. The next step was a trip to the California Coastal Commission to acquire the necessary […]

Part III: Unsolicited Advice for Huntington Beach

Welcome to Part III of my advice to HB. They want to keep their 465 polluting fire rings, while I’m an advocate for their removal. Just tuning in? Catch up with my helpful commentary in Part I: Strategic Advice and Part II: Understanding Our Arguments for Removal. As you remember, at the AQMD Public Hearing […]

Unsolicited Advice for Huntington Beach, Part II

Welcome to Part II where I offer advice to my neighbors in Huntington Beach who wish to keep their beloved fire rings, even though I’m an advocate for their immediate removal. As you remember, the Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously to remove 60 fire rings here. Meanwhile HB, including Bolsa Chica, is polluting the […]

Unsolicited Advice for Huntington Beach, Part I

There’s a battle raging here in Southern California over wood burning in beach fire rings. Newport Beach decided to remove their 60 fire rings for health reasons. Huntington Beach was recently caught napping; do they think that now that a regional agency is proposing to ban all beach burning that they can show up late, […]

Commission Recommends Clean Air

In Newport Beach last night a divided Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission voted to recommend to the City Council the removal of all beach fire rings. It was a raucous session with several residents interrupting Commissioner Roy Englebrecht at one point as he proposed converting the wood burning fire rings to natural gas; the clean […]

The Fire Rings Delusion

On a cold night, most people consider a well-tended fire to be one of the more wholesome pleasures that humanity has produced. A fire, burning safely within the confines of a fireplace or a woodstove, is a visible and tangible source of comfort to us. We love everything about it: the warmth, the beauty of […]