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Reveller rescued from flames at Burning Man festival

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM


A man rescued from the flames at the Burning Man festival's signature burning of a towering effigy has been airlifted to a hospital.

Burning Man organizers say the counterculture festival attendee broke through safety perimeters about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and ran into the blaze.

Black Rock City firefighters rescued the man and treated him at the scene before he was airlifted to a burn treatment centre.

More than 70,000 people are enjoying the art and music celebration in the Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles (161 kilometres) north of Reno.

The nine-day festival in northern Nevada was briefly hampered when a lightning-sparked wildfire temporarily shut down Burning Man's main travel route last week.

The 138-square-mile (359-square-kilometre) wildfire is now 28 per cent contained.

Burning Man ends Monday.