First and foremost, bonfires MUST be kept within the specific Oceanside City fire rings ONLY. You cannot bring your own bonfire pit. With that said, fire pits are dispersed on a first come, first serve basis. I’ve heard rumors of people going to the beach at 3 or 4 am in order to have a claim on the pit for the rest of the day. Granted I’ve only heard that rumor on the 4th of July, but still, that’s early. Fires are only to be burning from 6:00 am – 11:00 pm and there must be a person in attendance at all times the fire is burning. The fires can only be put out with water, absolutely not sand!