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2017 Burning Man Temporary Closure Area

News Release

WINNEMUCCA OFFICE NO. 2017-019
FOR RELEASE: June 28, 2017
CONTACT: Kyle Hendrix, 775-861-6411, khendrix@blm.gov

BLM issues public safety measures for 2017 Burning Man

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District Office
announced a temporary closure and restrictions for certain activities on public lands that
immediately surround the site of the 2017 Burning Man event. The temporary closure and
restrictions, effective July 31, 2017 through September 20, 2017, provide for public safety and
the protection of public resources.
 
The Burning Man is a festival held from August 27 through September 4 of 2017, on BLM-
managed public lands in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The temporary closure affects 14,153
acres, or about 13 percent, of the Black Rock playa within the Black Rock Desert-High Rock
Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA). The temporary closure reserves
the 8-Mile entrance to the Black Rock Desert playa solely for Burning Man ticket holders, but
all other playa access points and nearly 87 percent of the playa remains open to public use.
 
This year, the event expects to host nearly 70,000 people. The temporary closure will remain in
effect three weeks prior to and three weeks following the Burning Man event in order to facilitate
set up and preparation for the event, including fencing the site perimeter prior to the event and
completing site cleanup following the event.
 
“Similar temporary closures for the Burning Man event in past years have been implemented
with minimal disruption to other public uses within the area,” said BLM Black Rock Field
Manager Mark E. Hall.
 
Temporary restrictions are in effect to underscore that certain activities remain prohibited during
the festival. Prohibited activities include disorderly conduct, driving under the influence,
underage use of alcohol, possession of weapons, fires, and discharge of waste water within the
closure area.
 
The BLM will post information signs and make maps available to the public that provide
detailed information about the temporary closure and restrictions. This information will be
available at main entry points around the playa, at the BLM Winnemucca District Office, at the
Black Rock Visitor Center, and on the BLM’s website. The full text of the Federal Register
notice for the temporary closure and restrictions can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2shRR0X.
 
 
 

 
 
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the
National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers
700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health,
diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In
Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
 

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