Thousands at Burning Man told to conserve water, food after flooding leaves them confined in desert

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Tens of thousands of people attending the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert are being told to conserve food, water and fuel as they shelter in place in the Black Rock Desert after a heavy rainstorm pummeled the area, festival organizers said.

The gate and airport into Black Rock City, a remote area in northwest Nevada, remain closed and no driving is allowed into or out of the city except for emergency vehicles, the organizers said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

"Do not travel to Black Rock City! Access to the city is closed for the remainder of the event, and you will be turned around," one statement read.

The city is expecting more showers overnight on Saturday, organizers said in a weather forecast update. Rain and thunderstorms are expected to return early Sunday morning and continue through the afternoon "as the low pressure system moves eastward across Black Rock City," the update said.

The festival, which began in 1986, is held each summer in Black Rock City - a temporary metropolis that is erected annually for the festival.... (Read more)