The annual Burning Man celebration
begins today and is set to run through September 1. Organizers have just announced that
the gate to the event at Block Rock City has been closed through tonight and possibly into
tomorrow due to rain and hail.
[Photo by Jeff Kravitz from Burning Man 2013]
The following note has been posted on the Burning Man Facebook
BRC is closed through tonight and likely into tomorrow morning. Law enforcement is
turning back vehicles at Wadsworth and will be turning around vehicles at the event
entrance and directed to find a place to shelter until the playa reopens. The playa is un-
If you're headed to the playa, be sure to keep your eyes on Burning Man's Facebook
page and Twitter feed for updates. The
situation does not look good:
Check out our review and photo set from last year's event about what makes Burning Man so special.
UPDATE 2 p.m. PT: Burning Man organizers have issued the following statement asking
attendees traveling to the event to postpone their arrival until at least Tuesday morning:
Black Rock City, August 25, 2014 — Organizers of the annual Burning Man event are asking
any participants traveling to the event now to postpone their arrival until at least
Tuesday morning. Black Rock City has shut down following rainstorms that left standing
water on the playa, leaving it un-drivable.
At the request of Burning Man organizers, Nevada Highway Patrol will be directing traffic
away from Highway 447 at Wadsworth. Also at the request of organizers, local law
enforcement have also begun turning around traffic at the event entrance on Highway 34
northeast of Gerlach. Drivers are being instructed to find a safe location to park until
the expected re-opening of the event on Tuesday.
Organizers expect the rain to dissipate and the playa surface to dry out by midday Tuesday
and participants will be allowed to enter the event again.