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Burning Man Attendance to Be Kept Under Cap

Burning Man attendance to be kept under strict cap.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:34 PM PDT
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Burning Man Attendance to Be Kept Under Cap

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Innski, from San Francisco, circles the rink at the Black Rock Roller Disco. "Infinite eye candy," Innski said after asked about her impression of her first Burning Man.

Burners beware: you're on notice from the federal government.

Keep Burning Man small -- or keep it out.

The organizers of the annual desert art festival announced that attendance will be kept as close to the cap of 60,900 as possible, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

Burning Man was put on probation last year after exceeding its attendance limit by 4,000 people, the newspaper reported.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management gave the event a one-year permit for 2012, the newspaper reported. Organizers Black Rock City LLC asked for a five-year permit but federal officials refused.

"Only a small number" of extra tickets will be released as a result of the federal restrictions, the newspaper reported.

Organizers hope to receive a permit to operate from 2013 to 2016 "at varying crowd sizes," the newspaper reported.

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