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Red flag fire warnings issued for Burning Man festival site

Thursday, August 29th 2019, 5:37 pm - The conditions may force organizers to alter planned events, which include setting a giant temple on fire.

Reno, Nevada's National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for parts of western Nevada and the eastern Sierra, including the Black Rock Desert, where the Burning Man festival is underway.

The nine-day festival began August 25 and will run until September 2. It features music, costumes, music, and art installations -- some of which include pyrotechnics and open flames.

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT - Flickr - Burning man Courtesy: Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

The celebration typically ends with the burning of a large temple. It's unclear if that will happen this year. Temperatures are expected to reach into the mid-thirties this weekend, in addition to humidity.

Burning Man organizers haven't released an official statement on the weather conditions, but the festival's official Twitter account has re-tweeted local road closures due to wildfires.

About 75,000 people are at Burning Man this year, according to CNN.

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