Burning Man untouched by Nevada wildfire ahead of huge occasion

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017|6:14 p.m.

BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev.– Burning Male organizers state they aren’t currently affected by a close-by Nevada wildfire as the counter-culture celebration prepares to culminate Saturday night with the burning of a towering effigy.

Burning Guy spokesman Jim Graham said the occasion is continuing apace.

More than 70,000 individuals are anticipated at the art and music event in the Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno.

The lightning-sparked blaze began 4 nights back near Nixon.

It briefly obstructed the festivities when it momentarily shut down Burning Guy’s main travel path.

The 133-square-mile (344-square-kilometer) wildfire is now 10 percent contained.

Though the flames are just miles far from the Burning Guy website, firefighters say they don’t expect it to reach the occasion.

Burning Guy ends Monday.

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