Stranded burners finding new accommodations

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Updated: 8/25/2014 11:41 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Burners cannot get to the party, so they will just have to start their own.

"We’ve got an RV, we’ll park on the side of the road," said John Matthews of Hawaii. "We’ll find something cool, there’s a million casinos and bars in this town."

Scattered rain showers have shut down Burning Man. Roads will re-open Tuesday morning, but Reno-Tahoe International officials expect 8,000 burners to arrive between Monday and Tuesday.

So, until they can travel north, what’s next? "There are some nearby hotels we’ll be at," said Los Angeles native Sophia Stalboerger. "Hopefully a party will start from that and it will be fun."

The 'Burner Express' was supposed to run Monday from the airport to the playa, and people are still getting tickets for when bus services resume. "Airports are experienced in handling bad weather situations, we didn’t expect it to be bad weather 110 miles away," said airport spokesperson Brian Kulpin.

Airport officials are helping organize special hotel rates for stranded burners as they wait for Burning Man gates to re-open. "We believe we make the all-important first and last impression and that is in a challenging time as well," said Kulpin. "We stood up our team, we’re making them feel welcome and trying to make it as fun at the airport as we can."
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