Stormy conditions leave thousands stranded at Burning Man Festival

Heavy rains at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert have stranded thousands of attendees, according to the event’s organizers.

Event disruption: The usual hot, arid conditions at the annual event were replaced by near-inch of precipitation creating muddy conditions, causing access to the site to be closed until further notice.
* The Burning Man Organization has advised stranded participants to conserve food, water, and fuel, and to take shelter in a warm, safe space.
* Only emergency vehicles are being allowed to pass through.

Attendee experiences: Attendee Bobby White, host of the TV series Sailing Doodles, shared his experience of the challenging conditions.
* “Every time you step, you pick up more mud and it’s just really hard to move,” White said. “There is absolutely no way you could move a vehicle through this right now.”
* White suggested that they may be stuck in the area for another three or four days or even longer.

Additional difficulties: The festival has faced other challenges, including a blockade by climate protesters at the beginning of the event.
* A group of climate protesters created miles of gridlock after parking a 28 feet trailer at the start of the festival.

Weather forecast: Further rain is expected throughout the weekend, potentially extending the disruption.

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