Tens of thousands of revelers present at the Burning Man Festival In the Nevada desert, people were asked to shelter in place and save food and water on Saturday, September 2, after a rainstorm turned the site to mud.
Access to and from Black Rock City, the site of the event, has been closed “for the remainder of the event,” organizers said in a statement on social media.
“The rain of the past 24 hours has created a situation that has required the complete cessation of vehicle traffic on the playa. More rain is expected over the next few days and conditions are unlikely to improve enough to allow vehicles to enter the beach,” the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said, according to local media.
According to the event’s website, more than 60,000 attendees travel to and from this remote area of northwestern Nevada each year, gathering in the temporary town to make art, dance and enjoy the community.
The festival takes its name from its culminating event, the burning of a large wooden structure called the Man on the penultimate night.
The gathering, which started as a small reception in 1986 on a San Francisco beach and now also features celebrities and social media influencers, was scheduled to take place from August 27 to September 4.
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