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Burning man back open after weather causes shutdown

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Burning man back open after weather causes shutdown

CREATED Aug 25, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 26, 2014

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) -- Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno on Monday.

Bureau of Land Management dispatcher Mike Wilke told the Reno Gazette-Journal standing water turned the playa into a muddy mess Monday morning. Numerous vehicles were stuck and northbound traffic on State Highway 447 was being turned back toward Reno.

The party is back on now as skies are clear and the roads are repopened. Gates are expected to open around noon on Tuesday.

Last year, a record 68,000 people attended the event that runs through the Labor Day weekend in the Black Rock Desert.