The gates to Burning Man opened early this year, with a 6 p.m. Sunday night official event start as opposed to the usual midnight Monday morning beginning from past years.
Burners waited in a lengthy line to get their tickets checked, and then quickly found open land to camp in or rallied with friends who may have arrived earlier to help build art, theme camps or infrastructure.
The weather is typical fair for the event held each year in the week leading up to Labor Day weekend, with highs in the high-80s to low-90s, with somewhat warmer than usual nights dropping only to the mid-50s.
Early reports from Black Rock City talked about more dust than usual, and it is true that this is a dustier year than the last few. However, for those who've been coming for years, this is a return to more familiar territory after an incredibly easy last few outings. Certainly not fulfilling the “Dustpocolypse” rumors that had been circling, although, a burner who’d only been here the last few years may think otherwise.
This year Burning Man has a live webcast from the event that people can use to follow along at home.
As of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, Burning Man had not yet released the current population totals.