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Ocean Beach Bonfires are Back for 2022

Beach bonfire season has returned: March 1 – October 31
By - posted 3/4/2022 No Comment

Fires are allowed on Ocean Beach for eight months, March through October, under the Beach Fire Regulations for Ocean Beach. Fires will not be allowed on Ocean Beach from the first day in November to the last day in February.

The Burn Season aligns with when demand from the public for fires is the highest.

The No-Burn Season avoids burning during the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) Winter Spare the Air season. During the No-Burn period, fire rings will either be removed from the beach or remain with locked lids affixed for the season. A comprehensive cleaning of the affected beach area will occur at the beginning of the No-Burn season followed by a reduced maintenance schedule for the remainder of the period.

The National Park Service provides 16 fire rings/pits for Ocean Beach fires between Stairwells 15 and 20. Please note, the Ocean Beach Fire Program curfew is 9:30pm.

Read more at Ocean Beach bonfires at the National Park Service.

  • More details on the following information, including No Burn Season at Ocean Beach is available on Ocean Beach Fire Program.
  • Fires permitted March 1 – October 31 (no fires permitted November 1 – end of February)
  • Fires allowed only in provided fire rings between Stairwells 15 and 20
  • No fires permitted from 9:30PM – 6AM
  • No glass or alcohol is allowed on the beach
  • Fires must be extinguished with WATER ONLY. Bring a bucket to collect ocean water, or bring your own water. Covering the fire with sand does not extinguish the fire. Instead it insulates the hot coals and fills the pits with sand.
  • The parking lots at Ocean Beach close at 10PM each night and are owned and managed by the City of San Francisco
  • Groups of more than 25 people must obtain a permit by calling (415) 561-4700. For more information, go to: www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/permits.htm
  • Universal fire regulations apply