RENO, Nev. (AP) — The entrance to the Burning Man counterculture festival in the Nevada desert was closed and attendees were urged to shelter in place Saturday as flooding from storms swept through the area.
The entrance will be closed for the remainder of the event, which began on Aug. 27 and was scheduled to end on Monday, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the Black Rock Desert where the festival is being held.
About 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain is believed to have fallen on Friday at the festival site, located about 110 miles (177 kilometers) north of Reno, the National Weather Service in Reno said. Another quarter of a foot of rain is expected late Saturday into Sunday.
Organizers urged festivalgoers to conserve their food, water and fuel. _ This story has been corrected to say that the amount of rain Friday at the festival was believed to be about 6 inches, not one-half inch, and that another quarter foot of rainfall, not another quarter of an inch, was expected on late Saturday into Sunday.