RVs abandoned on road to Burning Man

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GERLACH, Nev. (KOLO) -- Abandoned after the burn. Take the trip from Wadsworth to Gerlach and along the way you'll find several broken down RVs and trailers on the side of the road.

"Yeah, there is a lot of debris, there are a lot of abandoned vehicles, trailers and stuff like that that get left out on the roadway," said Trooper Dan Gordon of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Between Nixon and Gerlach, at least seven trailers or RVs have been left behind. Some are parked in the middle of the desert; others have been flipped upside down and at least one was abandoned because it was destroyed in some sort of accident.

"We're gonna try to make sure that the mess is cleaned up and that we return that property back to the way it was before the event started," said Gordon.

Abandoned vehicles will eventually be towed, but Burning Man and NHP have to work together to determine if a vehicle has been abandoned. For some vehicles, which are destroyed, it is obvious. But for others that are in good condition but parked on the side of the road, it is not so simple.

"If it does not have a license plate on it or a VIN and identification number, it is very difficult for us to locate and identify who that trailer or vehicle actually belongs to," said Gordon.

Eventually everything will be towed and Burning Man will clean up the trash left behind. That process, however, could take a few days because crews are currently focused on cleaning up the playa.

"70,000 people are going to create kinda a mess, so it takes a little bit of time to get everything put back to the way it was before the event,” said Gordon.