Another record crowd has gathered for the traditional climax of the Burning Man counterculture arts festival on the northern Nevada desert.
U-S Bureau of Land Management spokesman Jamie Thompson says the
crowd as of noon today had reached 47-thousand-97, up about 21
percent over last year.
He says participants could see a smoke plume from a 75-acre wildfire about 15 to 20 miles northwest of the festival site, but the blaze posed no threat to them.
No major problems have been reported by authorities during the weeklong gathering leading up to Labor Day on the Black Rock Desert, about 120 miles north of Reno.
The annual celebration of radical self-expression is scheduled to climax tonight with the torching of a 40-foot wooden figure known as "The Man," the event's signature effigy.