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Newport set to extinguish a summer tradition -- the beach bonfire

March 14, 2012 | 11:31 am

Fire rings
One of the staples of summer may be on the brink of being extinguished along the shores of Newport Beach -- the old-school beach bonfire.

The city of Newport Beach agreed this week to begin developing a plan to remove about 60 fire rings from Corona del mar State Beach and the sands near the Balboa Pier.

Part of a nostalgic summertime tradition, the fire rings in recent years have proven to be a nuisance and liability because the embers from the fires can continue to smolder long after the party-goers have left.

During an hourlong hearing this week, some residents complained about the the smoke that pours from the rings and the unruly crowds that gather at night to party around the bonfires.

Others, however, said they held fond memories of the fire rings and asked that they remain, but be more closely monitored. The fire rings date back to the 1960s.

The city will have to get permission from the state Coastal Commission before removing the bonfire pits.

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--Amy Senk, TCN

Photo: Friends huddle around a fire ring at Corona del Mar State Beach. Credit: Allen J. Schaben  Los Angeles Times.

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