Ahead of the Air Quality Management District's vote next week on the Great Fire Ring Compromise of 2013 (which would give local communities a say over their own fire rings, and establish no-burn days and a buffer between fire rings and nearby homes), Newport Beach has withdrawn its request to remove the rings from its beaches. A victory for the common man! Kinda. They're likely just withdrawing the initial request to avoid any confusion over the AQMD vote and will submit another one at a later date, says the LA Times. Newport's also been working with AQMD on a pilot program to test alternative fuel fire rings (probably propane), and if/when they do ask for the Coastal Commission's blessing to remove their 60 wood-burning rings, installing 10 new rings could be part of the proposal.
· Newport Beach extinguishes plan to ban fire rings [LAT]
· LA and OC Beaches Will Get to Keep Their Fire Pits [Curbed LA]