Festival organizers say tens of thousands of people attending Burning Man in the Nevada Desert have been told to conserve food, water and fuel as they seek shelter in the Black Rock Desert as torrential rains batter it.
The gates and airport in Black Rock City, a remote region in northwestern Nevada, remained closed, and all but emergency vehicles were prohibited from entering or leaving the city. Organizer X saysthe social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
“Do not travel to Black Rock City! Access to the city will be closed for the remainder of the event and you will be sent back,” a statement read.
More showers are expected in the city Saturday night, organizers said in a weather update. Rain and thunderstorms are expected to return Sunday morning and continue into the afternoon “as the low pressure system moves east across Black Rock,” the update said.
The festival began in 1986 and is held every summer in Black Rock, a temporary metropolis built each year for the festival.
It is famous for its final event, in which a huge wooden man symbol is set ablaze. The event draws tens of thousands of people each year and has seen celebrities ranging from Sean “Daddy” Combs to Katy Perry attend in the past.
More than 60,000 people commute to and from the city along the two-lane highway each year to attend the festival, according to its website. The festival has been canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Burning Man attendees spend their time creating art and building community. They can learn how to spin a fire, or pole dance, make shrink art jewelry or build a giant sculpture of two people hugging and burning it down.
According to a CNN report, part of the on-site preparations for the Burning Man Festival in August this year were affected by Tropical Storm Hillary, and there were strong winds, rainfall, and even flooding in desert areas.
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