- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County judge has refused to block enforcement of a rule banning the use of beach fire pits within 700 feet of Southern California homes.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued the regulation, which takes effect in March and could eliminate 60 pits at Newport Beach.

A pro-fire ring group sued and had asked a judge to block enforcement until the case is settled. The Orange County Register (https://bit.ly/1n3tLIX) says the judge rejected that request on Friday.

It’s the latest battle over the fire pits, which supporters call a beach tradition and critics call an air pollution hazard.

This week, the Newport Beach City Council passed an ordinance that allows only the burning of clean fuels. The city also wants to install rings that use natural gas.


Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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