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Newport Beach city council votes for gas-fueled fire rings

Beach fire pits in Orange County are shown in this undated file photo.

November 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Newport Beach arrives at a compromise over its fire rings, but not everyone is happy.

The Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to replace more than half of its fire rings with gas-fueled models near the Balboa Pier and at Corona del Mar State Beach.

The move came despite written objections of regulators and California Coastal Commission staff.

Last year, the city council voted to completely eliminate fire rings due to air-pollution concerns. Local residents have complained about the fire pits causing smoke to drift into their homes.

Existing fire pits will need to be spaced at least 50 feet apart to meet air-quality rules that go into effect in March.

City Manager David Kiff called the proposal a good compromise.

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