The Bureau of Land Management has issued a five-year permit to organizers of the Burning Man festival to hold the annual gathering in the Black Rock Desert.
The approve through 2010 is contingent upon an annual review of
terms and conditions of the permit. The week-long gathering of artists and partygoers concludes with the burning of a wooden man sculpture over Labor Day weekend.
Each year, organizers and attendees erect a temporary community
called Black Rock City in the desert about 100 miles north of Reno.
Festival goers must bring their own survival needs, including
shelter, food and water. About 35-thousand people attended last year's event, and 38-thousand are expected this year.