Washoe Commissioners to Take Up Burning Man

Burning Man
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Washoe County commissioners are scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to rehear their denial of a permanent staging area sought by organizers of the annual Burning Man festival.

If commissioners agree to reconsider their previous action, a public hearing and vote on special use permits would be set for a later date.

In the meantime, county staff is proposing a compromise that would give organizers two years to comply with county codes and allow them to use the site this year and in the future, provided conditions are met.

Organizers are appealing the commission's May 13th denial of permits needed for a permanent staging site on 200 acres they own north of the festival site in Hualapai Valley.

The annual counter-culture festival draws about 30,000 people to the Black Rock Desert north of Reno.

The week-long event culminates on Labor Day weekend with the torching of a 70-foot wooden "man."

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