Black Rock City Still Flooded: Will Burning Man Be Forced To Relocate?

This year’s edition of Burning Man – a week-long event that takes place from August 27 to September 4 in the desert of Nevada – may be facing a bit of a problem. After record rains, the land on which Black Rock City typically exists – lovingly named “playa” – is still flooded.

Although the event is still just under two months away, the mud on playa is a problem for event organizers and there is a possibility that it will not dry come time for the event. Burning Man spokeswoman Megan Miller thinks there’s still enough time for the land to dry out, but the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working on alternatives if that’s not the case. Miller noted that there is a Plan B and C in place.

Wet playa means that it will be drastically harder for individuals to walk, bike or drive art cars across the land, as the substance when wet tends to clump onto surrounding objects. It’s not just wet mud – it’s worse.

Only time will tell if playa will dry out – we’re hoping for the best.