The exodus from Burning Man 2022 is without doubt one of the worst ever

September 6, 2022

Cars wait in line to get into the Burning Man festival, held 120 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada.

Vehicles wait in line to get into the Burning Man pageant, held 120 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada.

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Experiencing lengthy wait occasions when leaving the Black Rock Desert after Burning Man is nothing new. Identified to burners as “the exodus,” visitors throughout this era is anticipated, however 2022’s gridlock appeared to have been significantly brutal, exacerbated by the warmth wave hitting the western United States and doable gasoline shortages. 

Shortly after 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Burning Man Traffic, a Twitter account usually retweeted by Burning Man’s official deal with, reported wait occasions of as much as 5.5 hours to go away the grounds. By 1:30 p.m. the wait time had prolonged to eight hours. As of 5:00 p.m. the wait was reported at seven hours. 

With temperatures topping 100 levels, these with out air-con confronted a frightening and doubtlessly harmful journey.

Operating out of gasoline additionally grew to become a difficulty that drivers wanted to fret about. Burning Man Visitors reported at 3:50 p.m. that Empire Retailer, one of many closest gasoline stations to the playa, had run out of gas. At 5:56 p.m. the account introduced that Empire had started pumping fuel again, however provides weren’t anticipated to final lengthy.

On Reddit, stories of wait occasions have been even worse, with one person writing, “I left my camp on Sunday after the Temple burn at 8:30pm and I’m nonetheless not on the primary street 13 hours later. These wait occasions to exit aren’t any joke.”

One Twitter person in contrast the journey out of Burning Man to “Mad Max,” a movie about escaping a dystopian desert hellscape. 

As depressing because the drive was for these within the automobiles, it will need to have been insufferable for the volunteers who have been working exterior making an attempt to direct visitors in triple-digit warmth. 

Bay Space-bound Burners have been in for additional headache once they obtained nearer to house, liking discovering roads jammed with beachgoers making an attempt to flee the warmth wave.

Drivers who haven’t left the playa but are suggested to pack loads of meals and water to make sure security in what could possibly be a extremely popular, lengthy journey house. 

A photo taken by Twitter user @cjyu of the traffic leaving Burning Man on Monday, September 5, 2022 in Nevada.

A photograph taken by Twitter person @cjyu of the visitors leaving Burning Man on Monday, September 5, 2022 in Nevada.


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