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Fox News Reporter Trapped At Burning Man Festival With 73,000 Others

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The Burning Man Festival has become a dangerous places for attendees as floods have swept the area and attendees are trapped.

Among the trapped people at this year’s event were famed comedian Chris Rock and a Fox News reporter, Claudia Cowan, Mediaite reported.

“The annual event out in the Nevada desert was brought to a grinding halt this year when storms wound up flooding the area, bogging down the event space in thick mud. The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office reported that there was a death at the festival, and as Burning Man attendees try to flee the area, authorities have advised the thousands of trapped attendees to conserve resources while rescue efforts get underway,” the report said.

She spoke to “Fox & Friends” on Sunday and said that the attendees are assisting each other to get by during the crisis.

“The camps are hunkering down. We’re supporting each other, we’re making sure our neighbors have enough food and water and blankets. And we’re still finding fun, just a different kind of fun,” she said.

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‘It’s not so much art, cars and parties, but really connecting with each other, and that’s part of the Burner spirit too. So we’re going to get through this. It’s certainly a Burning Man to remember,” she said.

Attendees have said that they are trapped at the festival with tens of thousands of people, but somehow famed DJ Diplo and Chris Rock made it to safety.

“I legit walked the side of the road for hours with my thumb out cuz i have a show in dc tonight and didnt want to let yall down. Also shoutout to this guy for making the smart purchase of a truck not knowing it was for this exact moment,” the DJ said on Instagram.

NBC News reported.

Burning Man attendees are still struggling to escape from Black Rock City as around 70,000 remain stuck on muddy camp grounds following two days of heavy rainfall and one reported death.

Attendees of the countercultural music and arts festival were first advised to “shelter in place” and conserve food and water on Friday, according to notices from organizers. All inbound and outbound traffic was halted and will remain so until further notice.

The reported death at the festival site is under investigation, local authorities said Saturday. It’s not clear what the cause of death was at this time.

The organizers of the event issued a press release where they said they had confidence in the people attending the event.

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“Burning Man is a community of people who are prepared to support one another. We have come here knowing this is a place where we bring everything we need to survive. It is because of this that we are all well-prepared for a weather event like this,” they said.

“We have confidence in Communal Effort and Civic Responsibility and this is a good moment to drop in with those principles in mind.

“Burning Man Project has been facilitating Black Rock City and Burning Man for over 30 years. We have done table-top drills for events like this. We are engaged full-time on all aspects of safety and looking ahead to our Exodus as our next priority,” they said.

“We will be dropping mobile cell trailers in strategic positions Saturday night September 2, and opening up the internet for 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock plazas and Center Camp sometime Saturday evening. We will send out info when this is completed.

“We are also deploying buses to Gerlach to take people to Reno who might walk off the playa. See our recommendations on when walking is viable or not. This is not likely a 24-hour operation at this time,” the organizers said.

“Today we met with all of our agency collaborators on the local, county, state, and federal levels. We are in constant communication with those agencies,” they said.

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