Beach Bonfire Policies
Ocean Beach Fire Policy for
groups under 25 people
Note: Bonfire rules change from time to time. For the most current rules and regulations please visit this the National Park Ocean Beach page.
* No fires outside rings.
* No glass in the fires.
* No alcohol on the beach
* Burn only untreated, unpainted
wood, to keep pollutants and
poisons out of the air.
* Don’t burn pallets or any
wood containing nails or other
hardware - these sharp metal
objects can be dangerous.
* Bring your own firewood - don’t use
driftwood or other natural debris,
as they serve as wildlife habitat.
Gathering, cutting or scavenging
of firewood or kindling is not
permitted at the beach or in the park.
Locally grown firewood is best.
* Burn Clean. Avoid using accelerants
such as lighter fluid, as they leave
pollution and poisons in the sand
and the air. Paper and kindling are
* Don’t burn trash. Most trash gives
off pollution and poisonous gases.
* Don’t try to put out a fire with sand.
It only hides and insulates the fire,
leaving it more dangerous. Instead,
leave the fire to burn out, or put it
out with water.
* Minors must be supervised by one
person 21 or over for each 10 people
* Groups of more than 25 people must
obtain a permit by calling
* Overnight camping is prohibited.
* Observe all posted regulations.
* Please observe "Spare the Air
days" and do not burn beach fires
when air pollution is severe. 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.
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