Texas A&M off-campus bonfire canceled due to drought

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The dry weather that's plaguing the south is squashing an annual Texas tradition.

The huge bonfire for Texas A&M University students has been canceled this weekend. Organizers say it's because of a ban on outdoor burning.

The bonfire tradition began in 1909 and is held each year to mark the upcoming football game between the Aggies and their fierce rivals, the University of Texas.

More than 800 people have been cutting and stacking wood since September for the event.

The bonfire now is lit off-campus after an accident in 1999 killed a dozen students.

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