The cooler temperatures can't come fast enough for one local business.
Harvard Meats has lost up to 30% of its business because of the heat.
Chrystal Rose, an employee, says, “Everything was hopping until it hit 100 degrees and the burn ban hit. And when people get confused, they don’t know, because there are so many different levels of burn ban.”
She says many people think the burn ban includes grilling.
Chrystal tells KRMG, “People are nervous because you can get fined and whenever you hear burn ban it just puts them off. You don’t want to risk it.
The burn ban right now allows grilling, even with charcoal.
The ban does allow for gas and charcoal grilling provided that it is over a nonflammable surface and at least five feet from flammable vegetation.
However, any fire resulting from grilling is still illegal and you can be fined.
Chrystal says the heat always hurts business because people don’t want to heat up the kitchen.
“We’re still seeing people that do the lunch meat, of course. The Boar’s Head has saved our lives really.”
The drought has also hurt business by leading to higher beef prices.