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BLM issues permit for 2017 Burning Man

Burning Man

This year's Burning Man officially received its special recreation permit from the Bureau of Land Management on Monday, July 31.

According to the BLM, the permit authorizes Black Rock City LLC to host the 2017 Burning Man event on public lands just north of Gerlach. The event will take place from Aug. 27 through Sept 5.

“We are excited for another great year for the Burning Man event after working with Black Rock City and other partners on the planning effort,” Mark Hall, Black Rock Field Office Manager, said in a statement. “The heavy levels of precipitation in the winter and spring months did saturate the playa surface more than usual, but the event area is now completely dry and will provide for a great venue just as in years past.”

Burning Man has occurred annually on public lands on the Black Rock Desert Playa since 1990, according to the BLM. The permit allows up to 70,000 participants and includes updated public health, safety and environmental safeguards.

Temporary public land-use closures are also implemented to protect the environment, ensure public safety, address local community concerns and facilitate the event, the agency said in a statement.

According to the BLM, attendance has dramatically increased the complexity of management responsibilities. During the event, Black Rock City becomes one of the largest populated cities in Nevada. Event operations occupy approximately 4,400 acres of public land for seven weeks, beginning with site preparations in early-August through final clean-up in early October.

Copies of the permit and other related environmental documents are available online at http://bit.ly/2v8QAu9 and upon request from the BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921, during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

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