Burning Man rained out, closes gates on opening day

Police turned people away from the Nevada festival in Black Rock desert, as rains reduced the playa to undrivable sludge; organizers warn it may be closed tomorrow, too. Thousands of cars turned back for Reno, and nearby gas-stations ran dry.

The playa's mud is unbikable, undrivable, and barely walkable, after several hours of thunderstorm. Reno hotels are reportedly not gouging as they bulge at the seams with burners, which is swell and smart of them, given the importance of tens of thousands of burners to the local economy.

Burners, here's a don't-miss list of survival tips for a cold, wet burn.

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