Burning Man called ‘Trench Foot 2023’ as rain soaks occasion

Burning Man is stuck in the mud. The weeklong yearly occasion in the Nevada desert, popular amongst Silicon Valley elites, has this year been mauled by rain, and some 70,000 guests are being informed by organizers to “conserve food, water, and fuel, and shelter in a warm, safe space.”

The occasion is held each summertime in Black Rock City, a short-term metropolitan area about 2 hours outdoors Reno put up for the event. Its site explains Black Rock City as being “dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.”  

“Do not travel to Black Rock City!” checks out a declaration from the organizers posted to X on Saturday. “Access to the city is closed for the remainder of the event, and you will be turned around.” 

“For anyone in BRC, help each other stay safe,” checks out an X post from late Friday. “The gate and airport in and out of Black Rock City remain closed. Ingress and egress are halted for the time being.”

On social networks, guests have actually called this year’s occasion “Raining Man 2023” and “Trench Foot 2023.” One TikTok video revealing camps and camping tents messed up by the rain consists of text reading, “Burning Man is under water. The end of a dream!” Another reveals guests waiting in line for breakfast standing in thick mud.

In another TikTok video, a broadcaster for Burning Man Information Radio is heard stating: “Do not drive your vehicle. Do not ride your bike. Do not push your bike around. Remain where you are. Secure structures and belongings in your camp. Don’t operate generators or other electrically-powered instruments that are standing in water. Cover or secure anything electrical. Check on your camp-mates and neighbors to make sure they’re okay and help them as needed, and take advantage of a moment of calm to connect with camp-mates and hunker down. Stay safe out there, Black Rock City.”

According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are anticipated to continue Saturday night and Sunday prior to bright weather condition returns on Monday—the last day of the occasion. 

The occasion site states, “Burning Man is not a festival! It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.”

This year, it’s the mud produced totally by nature that will likely be most remembered.

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