Thousands of burners departing from Reno-Tahoe International Airport

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RENO, Nev, (KOLO) - Thousands of burners headed back to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Monday as the Burning Man festival comes to an end this week.

The Airport’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs Brian Kulpin said 16,000 burners are departing on Monday and all seats have been filled.

This week alone 20,000 burners are expected to go through the airport. Kulpin is urging people to arrive 90 minutes to two hours ahead of their departure as long lines are expected this week.

A burner from London said he is thankful he arrived early because his flight has been changed due to Hurricane Dorian.

The burner said, "Well there's not a lot they can do about it really, there was a Hurricane so I cannot go through Florida which is fair enough. And I have to say it was all relatively easy in the end I am glad I got here early."

The airport provided travelers with outside trash bins, plastic bags to keep playa dust to a minimum, stress relief dogs, and a burner bike collection area.

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