Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner has issued a burn ban, effective immediately, for Potter County outside of the Amarillo city limits.
The ban will last until next Friday, Feb. 24.
“Potter County has had limited rainfall for an extended period and weather forecasters offer little promise of a change int he hot, dry conditions in the near future, which conditions pose the threat of large, dangerous and fast-moving wildfire having the potential of endangering lives and damaging property on a large scale,” Judge Tanner said in a news release Friday afternoon.
Outside fires used for warmth and burning of trash at private residences are still permitted, but the fire must have a metal barrier or other approved metal container and cover capable of preventing flames or sparks from escaping.
The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the high 60s for the weekend, with a chance of thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.
So far in 2017, Amarillo has received 3.68 inches of precipitation, more than double the average annual total to this point of the year. At this point in 2016, Amarillo had received less than an inch of precipitation.