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Monday, August 25, 2014

Burning Man Closed Due to Rain, Cars Forced to Turn Back

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Those making the annual pilgrimage to the desert playground in Nevada might be severely disappointed today.

Burning Man has tweeted that its gates will be closed until mid-day Tuesday, due to rain and flooding. Law enforcement are apparently turning cars back at Wadsworth, Nevada, about 30 minutes east of Reno.

Those who are marooned in Wadsworth can enjoy a little small-town history: The Washoe County hamlet apparently generated the first legal brothel in the United States. It's also home to a stately church, a popular Christian rock radio station, and a beached 60-foot Muni bus that served as a "PlayaPillar" in 2012.

According to SFist, Burning Man opened its gates 10 a.m. Sunday — 8 hours before the official festival opening, in an effort to unclog traffic. By midday yesterday, the line was 6-8 hours, Whitney Phaneuf reports.

Burning Man is now urging participants to stay in Reno if they can. At the very least, this is good news for the Biggest Little City's tourist economy. And if we're lucky, maybe the rains will shift west.

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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.

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