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Burning Man Encounters Mud

Logistics always rules the day.

Maybe you have not heard of Burning Man. It is a festival in the desert of Nevada with costumes and displays of all kinds. “Desert” should mean hot and dry, but rains flooded the festival grounds (open desert) this year. At one point organizers urged people to conserve their food and water due to the inability to bring more supplies into the site.

Then, the messy withdrawal from the site began, as documented below.

Wait times to exit Burning Man drop after flooding left tens of thousands stranded in Nevada desert

Freaky weather and logistics combined to make life less predictable and a whole lot less fun — I’m thinking. No matter what you are doing, dancing around in the desert or trying to supply an area devastated by wildfire, logistics will rule the day.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.