Dust Storms Force Burning Man Organizers To Close Gates
Burning Man Black Rock City wait times hit 10 hours after dust storms
A dust storm during the third day of last year's Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Jim Bourg/Reuters
- Thousands of people arrived in Nevada's Black Rock Desert over the weekend for the Burning Man festival, which officially began Sunday.
- Dust storms caused dangerous driving conditions that day, prompting the temporary Black Rock City to close its gates for three hours.
- Announced wait times peaked at about 10 hours and were still six to seven hours on Monday morning.
- During the closing, festival organizers told attendees to return to nearby Reno, Nevada, or stay put on the highway.
Wait times to enter Black Rock City— the temporary city in Nevada where the Burning Man arts festival is held every August — were said to be 10 hours on Sunday after dust storms caused dangerous driving conditions and prompted a three-hour closing of the city gates, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
Most of the 70,000 Burning Man attendees went to the Black Rock Desert on Sunday, when the festival officially began.
The drive from a local county road to the city gates can take as little as 15 minutes. It's common, however, for attendees to experience whiteout conditions. Before the gates closed Sunday, poor visibility led to multiple halts in traffic since festival participants were unable to drive safely.
Burning Man organizers told participants on their way to Black Rock City to either go back to Reno, Nevada — which is two hours south of Black Rock City — or stay put on the highway.
"Entry to Burning Man remains closed and weather reports indicate this will last for hours," the organizers tweeted on Sunday evening. "Please hold in Reno, Cedarville, or any other city capable of supporting an influx of waiting burners. We are turning away cars trying to reach the event, sending them back down CR34."
As of Monday morning, the wait time was still six to seven hours long, according to an unverified Twitter account estimating Burning Man traffic times. The official, verified Burning Man account has retweeted some of these updates.
Some Burners were already inside the festival gates when the dust storms hit. Volunteers have been arriving over the past month to build the city and prepare all of the infrastructure for the festival.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, attendees put on masks and goggles and waited inside tents or RVs or behind trucks.
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