South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board: Keep the Fire Rings On Our Beaches
  • Petitioned Saundra McDaniel

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Clerk of the Boards, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Saundra McDaniel

South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board: Keep the Fire Rings On Our Beaches

    1. Petition by

      Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau

The South Coast AQMD (Air Quality Management District) has proposed amendments to Rule 444 that would result in the removal of all Southern California beach fire rings.

The fire rings have been an important part of our beach experience for over 60 years. They provide an affordable means of gathering family and friends on Southern California shores to celebrate our outdoor beach lifestyle with s'mores and hotdog roasting under the stars, all while enjoying the glow of a warm fire.

While the fire rings are a low cost activity for Southern California residents and visitors, the State of California and local cities also earn income from those who enjoy them. The loss of the fire rings would result in a loss of $1 million annually in direct parking income for the City of Huntington Beach.  It would also have a painful economic impact on other cities that offer beach bonfire rings, including Newport Beach, Dana Point and Los Angeles. The California State Parks of Orange County receive more than 11.9 million visitors annually, resulting in $19 million dollars in revenue. Can the State and local cities afford to lose revenue in these economic times? No, they can't.

Sign this petition now and let the AQMD know that you want to keep the fire rings on our beaches.

If you want to take additional action, attend the Public Hearing at AQMD Headquarters on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 9 am. AQMD Headquarters is located at 21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.

Let your voice be heard.

Visit the website at to get fact sheets, send a direct letter to AQMD board members, donate to the cause and get updated news on the effort to save the bonfire rings.  You can also like our Facebook page at Thank you for your support!

Recent signatures


    1. Thank You!

      Thank you all for your support in the fight to keep our bonfire rings! Last Friday, SCAQMD voted and approved an amended resolution. This resolution will allow Huntington Beach to keep most, if not all, of its rings. While the same cannot be said for Newport Beach, a majority of Southern California beaches will still have fire rings available, as always, free to the public and on a first-come, first serve basis. We invite you to take a few hours and celebrate your victory at your nearest beach bonfire ring. Don't forget to bring the hot dogs and s'mores!

      For a more complete summary of last Friday's SCAQMD public hearing, read Chris Epting's article from the Huntington Beach Independent:

      In the Pipeline: In the end, the right side won

      Board Chairman William A. Burke, center, addresses members... (KEVIN CHANG, Daily...) Several months ago, Air Quality Management District Chairman William Burke proclaimed that he was "100% positive" he would be able to ban all fire rings in Southern California. Clearly, he underestimated the power of a little place called Huntington Beach.

    2. Decision Day Has Come: Friday, July 12, 2013

      Thank you so much for your support these last few months in keeping our fire rings!

      Decision day has finally come – AQMD Governing Board members will be voting on Friday at 9 am whether to pass their “compromise,” to allow us to keep our bonfires unregulated, or to ban bonfires altogether. If you are available that day, we hope that you’re able to join us up in Diamond Bar for this important vote. If you’re willing to also speak in our favor, the better, but your presence alone will be meaningful.

      For those who don't want to drive on their own, we are offering free transportation from Huntington Beach City Hall to AQMD (21865 Copley Dr., Diamond Bar, CA) and back on Friday. We will also provide boxed lunches for those on the bus on the return trip to HB. To take the bus please RSVP on this website so we have an accurate count: Seating is limited and we want to be sure no one is left behind.

      We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

      Save the Southern California Beach Bonfire Rings

      South Coast AQMD (Air Quality Management District) Governing Board Members will vote this Friday whether to regulate our beach bonfire rings. In order to show support for the fire ring tradition that has sparked countless memories over the last six decades, we want YOU to be present at this vote.

    3. Tell SCAQMD That You Want to Keep the Bonfire Rings!

      Please join us on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 5 pm at Huntington Beach City Hall's Council Chambers for a presentation and meeting held by the Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to discuss the beach bonfire rings and rule 444.

      This is your chance to let your voice be heard by speaking directly with the SQAMD Board Members at this public meeting.

      Huntington Beach City Hall is located at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

    4. Reached 12,500 signatures
    5. Submit Your Direct Letters and Comments by Thursday, April 4

      Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the AQMD's Public Consultation Meeting to support keeping the fire rings last Thursday! The AQMD heard overwhelming support for keeping these cultural icons on our beaches. However, the fight is not over.

      The Public Hearing is scheduled for May 3, 2013. This is when AQMD Board Members will vote to approve or disapprove the amendments to Rule 444.

      For anyone who would like to submit a letter directly to the AQMD, the deadline to do so is this Thursday, April 4, 2013. We encourage you to show them how important the fire rings are to the So Cal region:

      The public is requested to send documents, studies, data, reports, comments or other information relevant to Proposed Amended Rule
      445 and 444 no later than April 4, 2013 to:

      Michael Laybourn
      Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources
      21865 Copley Drive
      Diamond Bar, CA 91765
      Phone (909) 396–3066

      South Coast AQMD

      South Coast AQMD ▫ 21865 Copley Dr ▫ Diamond Bar, CA 91765 ▫ (909) 396-2000 ▫ 800-CUT-SMOG (288-7664) This site best viewed in the latest version of Internet Explorer

    6. Reached 5,000 signatures
    7. Proposed Amended Rule 444

      This is the link to the proposed changes to Rule 444, which would result in the removal of our beach fire rings.

    8. Please Attend the AQMD Meeting on Thursday, March 28 at 9 am

      This is the link to the AQMD Public Consultation Meeting Notice.

      If you're available, we ask that you please attend in support of keeping the fire rings.

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. OC Register Article

      Smog agency to consider beach fire-ring ban

      The region's smog agency will consider banning all open burning on beaches in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The South Coast Air Quality Management District staff presented the proposal to the board on Friday. The staff is expected to hold public meeting on the matter March 28.

    11. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sharon Neely HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • 8 months ago

      They are an important part of summer at the beach.

      • 8 months ago

      Life is entirely too short and we need to enjoy it the best we can.

    • Isaac Diaz BRANSON, MO
      • 8 months ago


    • phil pico HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • 9 months ago

      HB resident

    • Brent Covan ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA
      • 9 months ago

      I love the fire rings


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