Burning Man Event Prompts BLM To Close Trails

BLM Issues Temporary Closure For Burning Man Event

The Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Office ordered a temporary closure and the prohibition of certain activities on public lands around the site of the 2010 Burning Man event through Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.

The BLM says this is to provide for public safety and to protect public resources.

The closures affect a small part of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Black Rock Desert playa during the Burning Man Event.

“Similar closures for the Burning Man event in past years have been implemented with minimal disruption to other public uses.”
– Black Rock Field Office Manager Roger Farschon

The closures reserve the 8-Mile entrance to the Black Rock Desert playa solely for Burning Man ticket holders, but all other playa access points and 93 percent of the playa, more than 97,000 acres, remains open to public use.

The closure order is posted on the BLM website.

The event’s 2011 Art Theme is called “Rites of Passage”

There are moments of crisis and frisson in our lives which inform us that we’ve somehow crossed an inner threshold and are changed. Thus moving from one state of being into an unknown other is not a facile transformation; it obliges us to face our innermost insecurities, and it requires faith, a willingness to leap off the ladder of ordered existence. Our theme this year invites participants to join with others in creating rites of passage.
– Burning Man Event website

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Burning Man Event Illustration by Dominic "DA" Tinio

The Burning Man website has more information.