The increase in population in San Diego has lead to an increase use of the beach areas. Due to budget constraints the City of San Diego does not have the resources to clean the remains of the fires off the beaches daily nor do they have funds to place hot coal receptacles at all the beach entrances where wood and coal burning fires are occurring. This issue and the issue of smoke from the fires impacting the homes in the adjacent areas is currently being reviewed in many coastal communities in San Diego. The LJTC heard a presentation on this issue at the 3/21 meeting with a compromise solution to limit beach fires to “propane fuel only” for barbeques and fire pits and to ban wood and charcoal. Propane is currently allowed by the City. Below is the information from that meeting.
Air quality from wood burning fires is an issue at La Jolla Shores. Prof. Meinrat O. Andreae, Environmental Chemist at UCSD SIO, measured the amount of pollution in the air from the fires. The green line at the bottom is the WHO maximum standard for pollution from wood burning fires.