Black Rock Rangers
Black Rock Rangers are veteran members of the Burning Man community who can help mediate disagreements, find lost kids, address safety concerns, direct participants to resources and information, and even just help put a fresh set of eyes and ears on sticky problems.
The Rangers’ ideal outcome is to help people solve their own problems with a gentle nudge in the right direction, and then fade into the dust when they’re not needed. Rangers can radio for law enforcement, medical and mental health staff, firefighting resources, and environmental clean-up teams if necessary.
You can identify Rangers by their hats and khaki-colored attire featuring the Black Rock Ranger logo in brown on their backs and chests. You can request their assistance at any time for disputes, emergencies, or questions. They are available 24/7 throughout Black Rock City, at Ranger Headquarters at 5:45 and Esplanade, and at the Ranger Outposts at the 3:00+C & 9:00+C plazas.
Black Rock Rangers do not typically engage physically with participants. Instead, Rangers rely on tools such as education, negotiation, and an appeal to the 10 Principles to resolve conflicts.
There are a handful of situations involving participants behaving aggressively that are beyond the scope of responsibility of Ranger volunteers, yet don’t rise to the level of requiring law enforcement intervention, or which might benefit from proactively deploying a team that can act if a situation escalates. We believe that having a third option available is a benefit to participants, Rangers and law enforcement.
To address these situations, Burning Man Project has contracted with High Rock Security to provide support to the Black Rock Rangers. You may know High Rock Security from their work at Burning Man in 2019, official Burning Man Project events such as San Francisco Decompression and the Artumnal Gathering, and events adjacent to Burning Man (e.g., Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis). They work alongside Rangers and approach security in a manner inspired by Black Rock Rangers, preferring de-escalation techniques.
The High Rock team will only engage as directed by Ranger leadership, and will escalate any serious issues immediately to law enforcement as needed. They will be wearing black “High Rock Security” shirts, clearly distinguishable from Rangers and law enforcement.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about security on playa, visit this page.
Emergency Services Department (ESD)
Black Rock City Emergency Services Department personnel wear yellow shirts labeled “Emergency Services” and feature the ESD logo on their uniforms and vehicles. They provide BRC with firefighting, emergency medical, and crisis intervention services. ESD is not part of any law enforcement or outside agency. Medical Stations are located on the Esplanade at 5:15, behind the plazas at 3:00+C and 9:00+C. Look for the lighted red cross above each station.
Crisis Intervention Services
Black Rock City can be a hyper-stimulating place. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, trained peer support volunteers from the Zendo Project and the Green Dot team of the Black Rock Rangers are there to support you. The Zendo Project facilities are entirely run by participants and are located near the 3 and 9 portals just past C. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or needing psychological support, the Emergency Services Department’s Crisis Intervention Team is also available. Ask a Ranger or Emergency Service personnel for help. If needed, they will contact the Crisis Intervention Team for you, or you can go to their Survivor Advocacy Center next to the Medical Station at 5:15 and Esplanade. Ranger Outposts are located at the 3:00+C & 9:00+C plazas.
Law Enforcement Substation on Esplanade
If you need law enforcement assistance, please wave down a patrol unit, find a Black Rock Ranger who will help you contact law enforcement, or visit the law enforcement substation at 5:15 and Esplanade. The station is open 24/7 during the event and is staffed by BLM and the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office.
Center Camp is a vibrant hub in Black Rock City with an acre of beautifully designed, shaded and welcoming space where all are welcome 24/7 during Event week. Center Camp houses two stages with performances and talks by participants from all over the world. It is home to a beautiful art gallery that includes 2D, 3D, and interactive art. In 2022, we are trying something new — there will be no coffee (or anything else!) being sold at Center Camp. The previous Coffee Shop is evolving into a new space, where participants are invited to come and bring their thing to showcase.
Ice is sold at Arctica in Center Camp, and in the 3:00+G and 9:00+G plazas on G. During the event, Monday to Saturday hours are 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm and Exodus Monday in Center Camp only from 9 am to noon. Ice is available crushed for $10 a bag (16 pounds) or blocks for $5 bag (7 pounds). Note this is a change from previous years, when crushed ice was sold in 7 pound bags for $4. Come prepared with means to transport larger bags of ice back to camp. Pre-event, ice is available at two locations: Center Camp Arctica, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 pm; and Ice 9 (9:00+G), Saturday and Sunday pre-event from noon to 6 pm. Credit cards, Apple Pay, and cash are accepted at all locations. You read that right… You can now pay for ice with credit cards / Apple Pay! No more loose cash needed! Consider paying with a credit card in 2022.
Information (a.k.a. Playa Info)
Playa Info in Center Camp is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers ready to answer your questions 9 am to 6 pm, unless otherwise posted. You can find American Sign Language interpreters, emergency road and lockout services, and other services and information. You can use the Playa Info Directory 24/7 to find theme camp locations, event schedules, ride-shares, to register yourself and your camp location, and to look up friends. Note: there is no Internet access. Playa Info’s large BRC maps show theme camp locations, and bulletin boards are available for posting events, messages, and general information.
Lost & Found: Label It!
The best way to increase the chances of having a lost item reunited with you is to mark your possessions with your name and mailing address, and email or phone number. It’s especially important to have this information attached to your phone and in your backpack. If you find something, bring it to Lost & Found at Playa info in Center Camp; drop boxes are available after hours. After the event, access the Lost & Found database online. Lost & Found does not accept bikes! Please leave bikes where you found them.
Volunteering is a great way to step up your participation, and there are ample opportunities to get involved. Visit the V-Spot in the Center Camp Portal to learn more. You can also learn more about volunteering here and download a Volunteer Survival Guide.
The ARTery is the check-in and service center for Honoraria and registered artists as well as a hub of information about Burning Man art. If you are interested in learning more about the art at Burning Man, head on over to the ARTery at 6:30 & Esplanade. Inside you will find the most up-to-date information about scheduled burns, art tours, artist talks, and more. The ARTery is open daily from 9:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-6:00pm.
The ARTery is committed to tracking and mitigating all incidents of art vandalism on playa. If you see an art piece that has been or is being vandalized, please come to the ARTery to make a report. Reports can be made anonymously and are an important part of preventing vandalized or damaged art in the future.
To learn more about what Burning Man’s art team does (and doesn’t do), see the ARTery information page.
Burning Man 365 Days a Year
The non-profit Burning Man Project supports and nurtures participants around the world who engage in initiatives and projects inspired by the Burning Man ethos and the 10 Principles. To learn more about Burning Man Project, Burners Without Borders, Fly Ranch and the Burning Man Regional Network, visit Center Camp and Burners Without Borders camp at 6:45 and Esplanade. Learn how you can Burn 365 days a year in 365: A Burning Man Field Guide.
Burning Man Information Radio (BMIR) 94.5 FM broadcasts travel, emergency and general information, and community programming 24 hours a day. BMIR will also be available on mobile devices via iHeart, providing traffic reports three times an hour during entry and Exodus. Stop by BMIR between 12 pm and 4 pm daily to record promos for your events and happenings… tell the city what you’re up to!
Please note that the programming from GARS (Gate Advisory Radio Station) has transitioned to BMIR.
Press & Media
Any commercial, editorial, or otherwise non-personal use of Black Rock City photos, video, or sound recordings is not permitted without prior written permission from Burning Man Project. All media professionals with intent to distribute content publicly (including art galleries, publications, or blogs) must register as professional media prior to the event and check in at Media Mecca at 10:30 in the Center Camp Plaza. Participants sharing images for personal use are not required to register, but still must adhere to the Photo and Video Rights and Responsibilities and Burning Man Project’s Ticket Terms and Conditions. It is your responsibility to ask for consent before taking a photograph of or video recording of someone. Questions? Visit Media Mecca at Center Camp, burningman.org/press or write firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Airport & Pilot Policies
Black Rock City Municipal Airport is a temporary, private airport (FAA identifier 88NV). The Airport is operational from 8 am to 6 pm daily for NEW ARRIVING passengers (note the change from previous years); during Exodus the hours change to 6am-6:30pm for outbound traffic. Passenger drop-offs and pick-ups are prohibited except by Mutant Vehicle or Airport/Burner Express Air Shuttle. We (strongly) discourage driving to the airport. If you ride your bike to the airport, please ride it back to the city. To find the Airport, take 5:00 and head toward the perimeter fence, you can’t miss it. Pilots wishing to fly to BRC must land at 88NV and comply with all Airport rules. All pilots must pre-register at airport.burningman.org. All aircraft occupants (including the pilot) must have a valid Burning Man ticket and pay the $60 per-person airport use fee. Will Call tickets can be picked up at the Airport Box Office (AirBox) between 8 am and 7 pm.
Earth Guardians inspire Burners to embrace Leaving No Trace and live more sustainably on and off the playa. If you have questions about sustainable camping or the Black Rock National Conservation Area, visit Earth Guardians on the Esplanade or check out their website at www.earthguardians.net.
Metal burn platforms for burning wood only are located at Esplanade and 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00. From Sunday, September 4, at 10 am through Tuesday, September 6, Burn Gardens will be available for wood burning as well as donations of new and unused lumber. No burning cardboard, paper, compost, recycling, or trash. Wood only! Burning toxic and/or synthetic materials such as couches, rugs, PVC pipes, etc. is prohibited by law.
Pre-crush and sort your empty aluminum cans into a mesh bag (so they dry out!), then bring them to Recycle Camp between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Sunday, directly behind Center Camp at 6:00. Come ride the CRUSHINATOR, our-state-of-the-ART bicycle-powered aluminum can-crushing machine. Come by early (don’t wait until the last day!), come by often (we have great fun!), but by all means come before 5 pm Sunday, or you’ll have to pack them out yourself. No plastic, tin, or steel please. All proceeds are donated to Gerlach schools.
There is no recreational vehicle dumping station in Black Rock City, and you may not dump on the playa. BLM issues citations for dumping or leaking gray or black water. You are responsible for preventing and remediating leaks. There is no location for scheduling RV servicing. If you see a truck designated “RV servicing,” you can flag it down. Many trucks are servicing infrastructure and not RVs, so be sure to look for the sign. The only vendor authorized to provide cash sales of pumping services is United Site Services. Note: pumping services only include removal of gray and black water — not a potable water fill. Use only one-ply toilet paper.
Fuel Safety and Storage
Black Rock City PETROL is pleased to announce they will be helping keep the city ablaze by giving Art Projects, Mutant Vehicles and Theme Camps the ability to purchase fuel on playa.
One of the ways you can help us protect the playa is by storing as little fuel as possible in your camp. Each point of transfer is a risk of spill, fire or worse. It is preferable to have large generators filled daily by the PETROL Department rather than storing fuel in your camp and filling equipment yourself.
The BRC Fuel Program is for registered Art Projects, Mutant Vehicles and Theme Camps with higher volume needs, as well as registered support vehicles. It is not available for passenger vehicles, RVs, and participants who did not go through the application process. If this means you, plan to bring in your own fuel. This fuel safety program is intended to reduce the amount of traffic transporting large loads of fuel into the event as well as the need for large fuel storage in camps.
All participants using combustible fuels in their camps, art installation or mutant vehicle (or for other purposes) at Black Rock City must educate themselves about and comply with appropriate practices for storing and handling these materials. Not only is this essential for safety, but it is also required as part of our event permit stipulations with the Bureau of Land Management. Be sure to review information about Fuel and Hazardous Materials Storage before planning your Camp Layout.
Subscribe to the BRC Utilities Greener Power Newsletter for tips to reduce your fuel consumption on playa.
Burn Perimeter Support (BPS)
Burn Perimeter Support trains and provides volunteers to help stand the perimeter line at art burns of all sizes. These perimeters are set at a predetermined radius where participants can congregate and watch these spectacular events that may involve pyrotechnics, falling embers, and sometimes fire tornadoes. By keeping the crowd at a safe distance, BPS has the important job of keeping an eye on the crowd, instead of watching the fantastic display behind them.
You will see BPS volunteers standing on the perimeter, with safety vests on and flashlights in hand, sometimes requesting you to redirect. If you approach the perimeter, within the first few rows, they will request you take a seat. It may look like a wide open space inside the perimeter and a great place to head toward, but their job is to keep folks out. This is for your safety, and the safety of everyone involved.
If you attend any of the art burns, please keep a good eye out for this safety perimeter. Bikes need to be dropped off at the back of the crowd somewhere around 50’ from the perimeter since they pose a major tripping hazard.