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Rain Closes Burning Man Gate

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    Josh Keppel
    It's not the first time rain has dampened the spirits at the festival. In 2013, the warning of a severe thundershower created one of the worse Exoduses in history, with some festival participants reportedly waiting up to 12 hours to hit the road and start the trip home.

    Californians may be praying for rain but that's not the case in the Nevada desert right now.

    The main gate into Burning Man was closed Monday due to too much rain according to the festival's main Twitter account.

    Consistent rain has shut down the main entrance to the festival with law enforcement officials turning cars around.

    "BRC is closed until midday Tuesday due to rain and standing water. Playa is un-drivable," posted @BManTraffic, the festival's Twitter account dedicated to getting participants in and out of the festival area safely.

    Burners in the area can get hourly traffic reports on BMIR 94.5 at the top of the hour.

    Tens of thousands of people were expected to descend on the desert north of Reno for the festival scheduled to begin Monday and run through September 1.

    When tickets for the popular counter-cultural event went on sale in March, fans picked up 38,000 tickets in 44 minutes.