- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Park Service wants to snuff out fires a little earlier on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday (https://bit.ly/Pq8wqu ) that officials are proposing a 9 p.m. curfew on beach fires, to help rein in drunken revelry, unattended blazes and littering. The current cutoff time is 10 p.m.

The new fire plan is scheduled to begin Memorial Day weekend. The park service is taking public comment on the proposal through May 16.

The move is part of a broader plan to protect the shoreline of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Park officials are planning to reach out to visitors - through social media, improved signage and one-on-one contacts - to let people know that their fires are creating problems.

They’ll also install safer fire pits and provide more supervision.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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