Beach Fire Regulations
Beach fires are only permitted at:
Muir Beach: The number of fire rings available changes seasonally. May - November: 6 fire rings are available. December - April: 3 fire rings are available. They are located on the beach near the south end of the parking lot. Fires are allowed beginning at 9:00 am and must be cleared and groups must vacate the beach by 1-hour after sunset.
Ocean Beach: Only in the fire rings provided, between Stairwells 15 and 20. See below for more details.
Fires on Ocean Beach
Notice of Proposed Changes to Ocean Beach Fire Program
The National Park Service (NPS) has completed its planning process and made a decision on the elements of the final Ocean Beach Fire Program. The final program includes 12 elements designed to create a safe, manageable, and sustainable beach fire program. The final program has been developed following a 44-day public review and comment period, and NPS made a number of changes based on public comment. Through the diligent effort of San Francisco District One Supervisor Eric Mar,the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department has been allocated funds to assist NPS in providing support for maintenance, solid waste collection, public education, and outreach for the program.
For more information visit the project website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/OBfireprogram.
Rules for Beach Fires:
- Fires are allowed from March 1 - October 31 (No fires between November 1 - February 28).
- Fires are only allowed WITHIN the provided concrete fire rings. Any fires created outside of these rings are illegal.
- NO GLASS OR ALCOHOL is allowed on the beach.
- Fires must be out by 9:30 PM.
- The parking lots at Ocean Beach close at 10:00 PM each night and are owned and managed by the City of San Francisco.
- Fires are not allowed on "Spare the Air" days. When air pollution reaches unhealthy levels, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District notifies the public by declaring a "Spare the Air day." To find out if today is a "Spare the Air" day, visit www.sparetheair.org or call 1-800-HELP-AIR.
- 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.
- Bring your own firewood. Gathering, cutting, or scavenging firewood or kindling is not permitted at the beach or in the park. Locally grown firewood is best.
- Burn only untreated, unpainted wood.
- Don't burn pallets or any wood containing nails or other hardware.
- Burn Clean. Do not use accelerants such as lighter fluid, as they leave pollution and poisons in the sand and the air. Paper and kindling are preferred fire starter material.
- Don't burn trash or debris. Most trash gives off pollution and poisonous gases.
- Trash must be removed from the beach. LEAVE NO TRACE.
- 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 of more than 25 people must obtain a permit by calling (415) 561-4700. For more information, go to: http://go.nps.gov/gogaspug
- Large-scale events may require more extensive review by National Park Service staff. If it is determined that your event will require extensive review, the administrative cost may be higher. Observe all posted regulations.
Volunteer Beach Cleanup Days
- Meet at 10:00 AM at Stairwell 17
- Clean up concludes around noon.
- All supplies provided.
- Please click here to register.
- Have questions? Call (415) 561-4751