Visitors to Ocean Beach are welcome to have beach fires, starting this Friday, March 1st. The end of February signals the end of No-Burn Season; wood smoke during the winter months being the Bay Area’s largest source of air pollution. So, the Ocean Beach Fire Program is once again permitting people to enjoy this time-held nighttime beach activity; at least until October 31st.

Who knows what the weather will hold for the next couple of weeks, maybe this is a little premature, but once you’re ready, the rules for inviting your friends and having a beach fire are pretty simple:

* Fires are allowed on Ocean Beach between 6am and 9:30pm. All fires must be extinguished after 9:30pm (with water only).

* Bring your firewood; don’t burn treated wood or trash.

* No glass or alcohol is allowed on the beach.

* Fires are only allowed in the 16 provided fire rings between Stairwells 15 and 20 – they are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

* Groups of 25 or more must obtain a permit.

For more information about recreational fires, visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area website.