Over 70,000 people attended the weeklong event in the desert, which is expected to end on Monday, Sept. 4. Rainfall is expected throughout the weekend, and it is unclear how long it will take for everyone to safely evacuate.
As of publishing time, the gate and airport in and out of Black Rock City remain closed nearly 48 hours after the rain began. Only emergency vehicles are allowed to be on the roads. The shelter-in-place is still in effect.
The situation is similar to the disastrous Fyre Festival, the benchmark for all bad festival experiences. The noted scam was impacted by heavy rainfall which ruined the guests’ accommodations. Organizer Billy McFarland wants to make things right by announcing Fyre Fest 2.