Lightning Fires

In the distance there is a flash, and a crash and then Lucky Penny cuts in on the radio… “Lightning strike on Playa…“

_MG_0146Survey Crew is out plotting the 80K flags across the 5.62 square miles that will become Black Rock City. A fair day with no wind and high visibility has suddenly become one of rain, lightning and thunder that threatens to make the Playa impassable and our modest camp uninhabitable.

“Is that confirmed on playa… not just nearby?” inquires Coyote…
“I can confirm” replies Tak…
“Confirmed” echoes Trainwreck

“Alright we’re heading in,” Coyote says… “We’ll just get one drink at The Saloon and be right back,” in jest, and I know that we’re in for one wallop of a storm and may not be back anytime soon.

Several lightning strikes cause nearby forest fires. “Did you hear there’s 38K square miles of forest fires surrounding us, and if they don’t contain it, it could double tomorrow” Rest Stop Buddy informs me.

Footage from the Pyramid Lake Police Department of the fires surrounding Pyramid lake.

Aerial firefighters scoop water from a nearby reservoir to squelch the nearby fire. You can see the flames of the fires on the nearby mountain tops.


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Meanwhile… at Pyramid Lake.

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Everyone’s okay, but a startling reminder that the weather can rapidly shift in Black Rock City.

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Follow along with me on my adventures as Black Rock City returns to dust. I run around with a camera and talk to people. Check out my Burning Man Vlogs here.

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