We've had less than one inch of rain since October, and that has the Potter County Fire Marshall extremely concerned for this weekend's sand drag events.
Potter County is under an emergency burn ban due to the severe dry conditions, and Chief Lake says even an exhaust pipe could spark a blaze this weekend if you're not careful. The Sand Drags are held every year at the Canadian River, but this year, because of those dry conditions, the laws have changed on what you can and cannot burn.
"We're allowing them to have a BBQ grill or a small item like a chiminea. Something that can contain a fire with no open flame." The list of what you cannot do is quite a bit longer. "Burn barrels, no. Campfires, no. Pits, no. Piling wood up on the ground and burning it, absolutely not. There's no open flame allowed."