Nobody in, nobody out. Not by car, not by plane. No portapotties serviced. No generators topped up. No vehicles on the Playa. Remain in your tents as the surface they’re attached to turns to mud.
Are we having fun yet?
If you’re reading this on your way to Burning Man, you should turn around and head home. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, quoting the Bureau of Land Management, the event is now closed for the rest of their allocated time:
“Officials from BLM and the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office have closed ingress to the Burning Man event effective immediately and for the remainder of the event. Participants inbound for the event should turn around and head home.
“Rain over the last 24 hours has created a situation that required a full stop of vehicle movement on the playa. More rain is expected over the next few days and conditions are not expected to improve enough to allow vehicles to enter the playa.” [Source: RGJ]
Those $25,000/night luxury hotel camps are looking real good now, aren’t they…except that they can’t get toilets pumped or generators and provisions refilled either. Their campers can’t joyride in the art car. What to do?
Reddit asks “Is this the end of Burning Man on the Playa?”
This is the type of stuff that truly separates the Burners from the Sparkle Ponies. You need to feel it in your soul! Suffer in misery and don’t even get to see the Man burned. Come back to civilization with nothing but tales of woe. That’s what it’s all about: Radical Sherpa Reliance. You’re not a true Burner until you’ve done it really hard. Or at least, tipped your concierge extra to get one of the sherpas to.
Is this karma, or simply dark irony, that after the cops rammed climate change protestors, the climate exacted revenge on Burning Man?
Image: Andrii Ivanchenko, CNN
Reports from Tik Tok say that the government has declared Burning Man a “national disaster”, however there doesn’t seem to be any serious confirmation for this rumor…yet. Once 73,000 Burners head all manage to escape at once with garbage bags full of poop ready to be thrown out of the car at the nearest town, look out.
Featured image: SFGate