Man who ran into 'Burning Man' fire dies from injuries

A series of wildfires continue to burn across the Western United States

Firefighters had difficulty extracting him from the flames because part of the effigy structure was falling, said the sheriff.

He told her of his plans to attend Burning Man with a group of friends and that it would be his first time attending the event.

THE family of a married man who ran into an inferno at a Burning Man festival say they have been left in "total shock".

Organizers are also offering emotional support counselling at the art and music celebration in the Black Rock Desert.

He was identified as 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell - a USA citizen who lived in Switzerland with his wife.

The festivalgoer, 41, passed away hours after running into a large fire on Saturday night.

According to medical staff, the man wasn't under the influence of alcohol and toxicology test results are yet to be released.

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"People try to run into the fire as part of their spiritual portion of Burning Man", Allen said.

A statement from the Burning Man Festival's web site said the person was airlifted to a hospital's burn center. The victim was identified as a Salt Lake City resident in his thirties, who broke through the established safety perimeter and entered the flames, Burning Man website said. He succumbed after arriving at the burn center.

A 41-year-old man has died after running into a burning effigy at the annual Burning Man festival in the United States. Attendees have tried to run into the flames as a symbol of rebirth.

As the Chicago Tribune reports, an estimated 50,000 were present as firefighters attempted to pull him from the flames.

Held in Nevada since 1990 and known for art displays, dust storms and communal living, Burning Man is named for the large effigy burned during the festival.

Elsewhere in California, more than 1,000 firefighters were able to slow the growth of a almost 5-square-mile wildfire (13-square-kilometer) overnight near the town of Oroville, an area already hard-hit by fire and a massive evacuation earlier this year caused by damage to sections of the nation's tallest dam. "Trauma needs processing." Burning Man, which ends on Monday, cancelled a mid-day burn but will carry on with a fire scheduled for Sunday evening.

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