Burn Ban Busts Aggie Bonfire Again
Chalk up another casualty of the Texas drought: Texas A&M University’s annual student bonfire was called off because of a burn ban in Robertson County. It’s the second year in a row that Aggie students havehad to cancel the towering 45 foot inferno.
“We’ve been under severe drought conditions now for a year,” Michelle Haver, a court coordinator for the Robertson county judge, told StateImpact Texas a joint reporting project of KUT and NPR.
As the bonfire’s website explains, the stack site will be open to visitors, but “under no circumstances” will they start a fire.
Central Texas counties with burn bans include Bastrop, Williamson and Caldwell. Hays, Burnet and Guadalupe Counties do not have burn bans in effect.
The U.S. Drought Monitor’s map signals a slight reduction in the drought’s footprint on Texas, but 89 percent of the state is still very dry. Sixty-five percent of the state is experiencing the most intense drought category: D4 drought or exceptional drought.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Longhorns last night tried to hex the A&M football team ahead of their Thanksgiving Day game. It’s an annual tradition dating back 60 years, but it may come to an end next year when A&M joins another athletic conference.
“It will be the last rally for A&M that we know,” Texas Exes student relations coordinator Taylor Nyberg told The Daily Texan.