The Bureau of Land Management in Nevada has approved a 10-year permit for Burning Man to keep the festival at its current attendance level and conditions. That caps the population cap at 80,000 attendees (not including government personnel, government contractors or BLM-permitted vendors), and allows the same duration and conditions as in 2018.
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“Burning Man is one of the most recognized and unique events in the world. This event not only showcases the incredibly creative talent of thousands of attendees, it’s also a celebration of one of the most beautiful places not just in Nevada, but in the entire United States,” BLM Nevada State Director Jon Raby said. “The BLM is extremely pleased about reaching this milestone and look forward to working with event organizers to ensure this year’s Burning Man event safely celebrates its core values and the spirit of human individuality, the environment and a sense of community.”
Burning Man has been held every year since 1991 in Nevada’s Black Rock National Conservation Area, in the BLM Winnemucca District. Each year, the event starts at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday the weekend before Labor Day and ends at noon the Tuesday after Labor Day.
The BLM Team will continue its work with Burning Man 2019 organizers up to and throughout this year’s event. The event site, which will be within an approximately 3,400-acre pentagon-shaped area, will be within a “Closure Area,” the physical space that will be temporarily closed during the event.