Recreational fires are permitted only at the sites below and according to the regulations on this page. In addition to the universal fire regulations, and Spare the Air Days, more site-specific rules and regulations:
Universal Fire Regulations at GGNRA
No recreational fires are permitted during Spare the Air days, when fire danger is very high or extreme, or when red flag warnings are in effect.
Fires may be suspended by order of the park superintendent due to hot, dry weather conditions, strong winds, or extreme fire danger. Look for park alerts.
No gathering, cutting, or scavenging of firewood or kindling is permitted in the park from any source. All firewood must be brought into the park.
Burn Clean. Do not use accelerants such as lighter fluid, as they leave pollution and poisons in the air. Paper and kindling are preferred fire starter material.
LEAVE NO TRACE. Trash must be removed from beaches, campsites, and picnic areas.
Do not burn treated or painted wood.
Do not burn pallets or any wood containing nails or other hardware.
Do not burn trash or debris. Most trash gives off pollution and poisonous gases.
Fires must be extinguished with WATER ONLY. Bring a bucket to collect water or bring your own water. Fires must be completely extinguished with water, doused, and stirred. Fires may not be covered with sand as it will only insulate the heat and create an unseen danger for visitors and wildlife.
Fires shall be attended at all times by a responsible adult (18 year of age or older).
Minors must be supervised. A responsible leader, 18 years or older, must be present for every 10 children under the age of 18.
Groups over 50 people and/or with significant equipment including, but not limited to tents, catering, etc.
Beach Fire Regulations
Fires allowed only in provided fire rings. Do not make fire rings with rocks, logs or other items found on beach.
Fires allowed beginning at 9AM.
Fires must be out and groups must vacate the beach by 1-hour after sunset.
Fire rings are available on a first-come first-serve basis near the south end of the parking lot.
Six fire rings are available May through November. Three fire rings are available December through April.
Fires allowed only in provided fire rings between Stairwells 15 and 20. Do not make fire rings with rocks, logs or other items found on beach.
No fires permitted from 9:30PM - 6AM.
No glass or alcohol is allowed on the beach.
Fires must be extinguished with WATER ONLY. Bring a bucket to collect ocean water, or bring your own water. Covering the fire with sand does not extinguish the fire. Instead it insulates the hot coals and fills the pits with sand.
The parking lots at Ocean Beach close at 10PM each night and are owned and managed by the City of San Francisco.
When the Bay Area Air Quality Management District declares a Spare the Air day, NO campfires, beach fires, or outdoor grills are allowed at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Your compliance reduces pollution and improves air quality.
To find out if a Spare the Air Day is in effect, look for park alerts, visit the Spare the Air website at www.SparetheAir.org or call 1-800-HELP-AIR.