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The first day of mega arts festival "Burning Man" has been canceled due to poor weather. The official Burning Man Twitter confirmed the cancellation of today's events, and perhaps tomorrow's as well: 

Reno Gazette Journal reporter Katrina Raenell arrived before the storm began. She writes, "Thunderstorms rolled through the playa around 6 a.m. and rain continued for several hours. There was a slight break in the weather, but now it's starting again. The playa is mud, making it impossible to bike in and very difficult to walk in." 

Here is the official statement from organizers:

Tickets for this event start at $380, though they can sell for much more on third-party sites. Patrons will not be refunded. Per their terms and conditions, "I agree that BRC is not liable for acts of God, the weather, strikes, protests, or actions taken by government agencies and similar causes. I understand that tickets and vehicle passes are nonrefundable even if the Event is terminated early or canceled, or entry conditions are modified, due to harsh weather, acts of nature, governmental regulation, the failure to obtain required governmental permits, or conditions beyond Burning Man’s control."

Here's what Burning Man usually looks like:

via @TheNextWeb.

And here's Burning Man in the rain:

via Burners.

It looks like a number of "Burners" are headed over to Reno:

Reno is 123 miles from Black Rock City, and as the closest city with an airport, it is the primary travel hub for those getting to the festival. However, the drive there is all along a two-lane highway. This is about a three-hour drive usually, and even longer in poor weather conditions and heavy Burning Man traffic.

Yesterday, it look Burners about seven hours to get from Reno to Black Rock City. The gas station closest to Burning Man ran out of gas at that time. Thus far, it is being reported the traffic jam is three miles long

The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, recommended by Reno Tahoe USA told The Wire they have already sold out all of their rooms for tonight. The reservation booker tells us that they have rooms left for tomorrow, and are not price gouging, sticking to their regular rate of $69.99 (about $96 after fees and taxes.) They have received a number of calls since the of cancellation news broke. 

Still, Burners are making the best of it. As some check into neighboring hotels, others are making friends in the traffic jam:

via @missamberelise

This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.

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