Newport Beach to Remove Some Fire Rings Amid Smoke Complaints

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Aware of mounting smoke-related health concerns, Newport Beach City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to reduce the number of wood-fueled fire rings on the city’s beaches from 60 to 27.

filephoto Fire Ring Newport Beach

File photo of fire ring in Newport Beach. (Credit: KTLA)

They also cleared the way for possible participation in a pilot program with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to test the use of new rings fueled by natural gas, the Daily Pilot reported.

“Is it perfect for either side? No,” said Councilwoman Nancy Gardner, “but I think it does improve the health aspects.”

During the meeting, residents rehashed complaints about the stench and smoke caused by burning wood, saying pallets and other miscellaneous items were often burned as well. They complained of needing to close their windows and then sweltering in the heat as they tried to prevent their homes from filling with the bad air.

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