New Fire Rings Welcome Return of Recreational Fires to Ocean Beach

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Date: March 1, 2017
Contact: Nathan Hale Sargent, 415-561-4732

SAN FRANCISCO – The season for recreational fires begins today at Ocean Beach in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. New fire rings installed today will welcome visitors to enjoy s’mores and sunsets on the beach once again.
The fire rings are a component of the park’s Ocean Beach Fire Program, which achieves a safe, manageable, sustainable program for fires at Ocean Beach.

Sixteen fire rings are now located between stairwells 15 and 20. For groups with fewer than 25 people, the rings are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. A permit is required for groups of 25 or more.  

The National Park Service removed all the old fire rings from Ocean Beach on November 1, 2016, at the outset of a four month seasonal prohibition on beach fires. During the no-burn season the park conducted a thorough cleaning of the area around the fire rings.

The new fire rings will be in place every year between March 1 and October 31. The winter fire restriction coincides with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Spare the Air season when particulate matter pollution from wood burning and other sources can reach unhealthy levels in the Bay Area.

The Ocean Beach Fire Program added four fire rings to the beach last year (bringing the total to 16 for use during the burn season). The program expanded the curfew for fires to 9:30 pm and established a volunteer and outreach program to help spread the word about burning responsibly.

New signage will also be posted as one tool to improve the public’s understanding and compliance with the regulations of the Ocean Beach Fire Program.
For photos of the new fire rings visit the park’s Flickr page.

For more information about recreational fires at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, visit


Last updated: March 1, 2017

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