Burning Man got stuck in the mud. The annual week-long event in the Nevada desert, popular with Silicon Valley elites, was hit by heavy rain this year, trapping some 70,000 attendees. organizer told “Conserve food, water and fuel, and shelter in a warm, safe space.”

The event is held each summer in Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis built to host the event, about a two-hour drive from Reno.its website describe Black Rock is “committed to community, the arts, self-expression and self-reliance.”

“Don’t go to Black Rock!” read a statement from the organizers release Saturday to X. “Access to the city will be closed for the remainder of the event and you will be brought back.”

“To anyone at the BRC, please help each other stay safe,” read the X post late Friday. “The gates to and from Black Rock City and the airport remain closed. Entry and exit are temporarily suspended.”

On social media, attendees dubbed this year’s event “Rain Man 2023” and “Trench Foot 2023.”a vibrato video Text showing the rain-damaged camp and tents included: “Burning Man is flooded. End of dreams!” Another photo shows attendees standing in line waiting for breakfast in thick mud.

In another TikTok videothe Burning Man Information Radio announcer said: “Don’t drive your vehicle. Don’t ride your bike. Don’t push your bike. Stay where you are. Keep buildings and belongings inside the camp safe. Do not operate generators or Other electrical instruments. Cover or secure any electrical equipment. Check on your campers and neighbors to make sure they are okay and help them as needed, and use the quiet moments to connect with campers and hunker down. Stay safe out there, Black Rock.”

Showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service expected It continued on Saturday night and Sunday, then Monday (the final day of activity) was fine.

The event website states: “Burning Man is not a festival! Almost everything that happens in this city is created entirely by citizens, who are active participants in the experience.”

This year, perhaps the most memorable is the dirt created entirely by nature.

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