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Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 17:37:35 -0700
From: Harley K. Dubois
Subject: [themecamps-announce] TC ANNC #4, '04/Health Department/LNT
Here is another announcement to pass along..........
Are you planning anything requiring large amounts of water?
Are you hosting a large kitchen?
Are you giving away food?
Are you serving quantities of drinks over ice?
Are you thinking you may need to get a Health Permit?
If so read this announcement.
Water being used for misting systems, slip and slides and things
that do not involve consumption do not need health department
Large public pools and showers will not be permitted. Art pieces
involving water are not considered showers unless they are labeled
such and encourage bathing. Call me at 415 865-3800, ext 103 if you
Large quantities of water (250 gallons +) being used for projects
that entail greater contact with or consumption by people must be
"potable" and come from state health department approved water
sources. If you are bringing in a water truck or are hauling in
large amounts of water you should call me. There are health
department regulations that you need to be aware of.
KITCHENS/ FOOD or DRINKS
If you are providing beverages and/or food for your camp and friends
no health permit is needed.
PUBLIC kitchens of any sort need a permit. Remember, Burning Man does
not tolerate the sale of anything at the event, including food. We
have cultivated a gift economy. If you are caught selling or
bartering food like currency the health department will shut you down
if your neighbors don't get to you first! If you are giving food to
the public you need a permit. Your CAMP MATES and FRIENDS are the
only people you can give food to without health department clearance.
If you have any questions please contact me 415 864-3800, ext 103.
FRESH SQUEEZED JUICES
If you are giving away freshly squeezed fruit drinks to anyone other
than your CAMP MATES and FRIENDS you must get a permit.
Ice is considered food by the health department. Although there
should be no permits needed for "free bars" or "barter bars" your
ice source must be approved by state health. The easiest way to
comply is to purchase your ice from commercial sources in the
surrounding towns as you enter our city, or from us at the event.
(Money from our ice sales goes directly back to the town of Gerlach
as a gift. We make no profit on it.)
The health department has forms ready to send out to you. It costs
about $50.00 to apply for a basic permit. The process is simple and
the health department is generally easy to work with. They are
genuinely concerned about the health of our citizens and prevention
of food born epidemics. If you know you need a permit you can call
the health department directly at 1 775 687-4750. If you are not
completely sure about your particular needs I strongly advise you to
call me before calling them at 415 865-3800, ext 103. They need about
4 weeks to process your permit so don't leave this to the last
minute. Call me or them soon!
This year I will be giving the health department a list of the
permitted camps with their BRC addresses so the officials can find
you easily for inspections. Make sure we know you are going for a
permit so we can add you to our list!
Please pass this information to who ever it concerns in your camp.
I'll be waiting for your calls!
Announcing LNT Tour and Camp of the Day Contest 2004
Are you a theme camp that knows how to create a clean, comfortable
camp that leaves no trace on the playa? If your camp has some useful
and interesting ways to camp smarter at Burning Man, then consider
being part of the LNT Tour of the City. Now in its third year, the
Tour features grey water systems, trash management, good neighbors,
re-purposed structures, and camp showers and kitchens. This year's
Tour will include creative examples of Reduce and Reuse! and some
remarkably simple and efficient grey water systems. A number of camps
are returning to Burning Man with the the same basic structures used
in previous years. As for trash, we're meeting the challenges with
more original solutions every year. Large-sound camps are finding
ways to minimize imported trash by planning ahead.
Each year we enjoy the fruits of a clean, beautiful, well organized
City and come up with better ways to manage our trash and play, eat,
and sleep in comfortable camps, We can now share our growing
expertise and experience with other camps and participants.
A model camp can showcase any practice or technology. Camps of all
sizes and types are encouraged to join and must only be a registered
theme camp and subscribe to the principles of Leave No Trace. Model
camps are featured on a large informational map in the Earth
Guardians Pavilion and are also eligible to win a coveted Camp of the
In its fourth year, winners of the Camp of the Day contest are
awarded free tickets to next year's event. Any camp can enter, but
only those camps that are the best examples LNT camping in our fair
city can win. These winning camps receive 2 tickets to BM 2005 and
recognition in community media.
For more information on Leave No Trace at Burning Man, check out
And if your theme camp would like to be part of this year's LNT Tour
of the City or learn more about it, please contact Earth Guardians at
Playa Protection Plan 2002
Burn Clean **Elevated - Staked - Attended - Cleaned Up!**
If you're planning on doing serious burning, be sure to check out:
Tiki Torches, Candles and Lanterns
Winds pick up without warning and blow things over -- tent fires have
happened due to tiki torches, candles and lanterns being blow over in
or around tents. This is VERY scary in a tent city! Unattended
candles and torches are discouraged and safe use of lanterns is
Fires built directly on the playa surface create a burn scar or patch
of discolored, hardened sediment that unaided takes years and years
to fully recover. The process to manually restore them requires many
hours of picking out residue by hand, breaking up the fired surface
and dispersing discolored playa. It must be worked over again and
again, year after year if the burn scar is bad enough. There are
literally 100s of these in varying degrees of recovery on Black Rock.
Not all of these are ours, but many are and it is our intention to
make no new burn scars in 2003.
Burning Man will be providing several public burn platforms (Public
Pyres) approximately 100 feet away from the Esplanade at the end of
every road, for participants to burn wood items without scarring the
playa. They will be designated on the Black Rock City map. Every
citizen near them will be asked to "adopt a Pyre" and help manage
burning on it.
Like years past the Pyres will be made out of corrugated tin
sheeting, about 10" X 10" square. They will be elevated on bricks,
cinder blocks or fabricated metal risers. This will insulate the
playa from baking and contain ash and other nasty residue (eg. screws
and nails) for easy clean up.
Leave No Trace by not even letting it hit the ground! Carry your art
or camp belongings to your Public Pyre. Watch it burn and cool. Then
simply tip the metal to the side and slide the residue into a bag.
Haul it on home when you leave. Simple and complete!
Camp Fires and Fire Art
Camp fires and fire art projects are not permitted in Black Rock
City proper, with the exception of designated public areas. 55
gallon steel drum "burn barrels" with legs, staked down against high
winds, will be provided for public use on the Esplanade. Groups
camping near and using these will be asked to monitor them and help
with their clean up.
Commercially manufactured cooking equipment is the only acceptable
fire sources for cooking within camps.
Air Born Pollutants
Do not burn PVC (nasty dioxins), carpets, plastic, large pieces of
furniture (couches, futons, etc.). Glass does not burn, it shatters.
Glass bottles thrown into a fire do not melt. Trust us. That's the
worst place for glass bottles. So please discourage anyone from
burning anything but appropriately sized untreated wood and paper.
Plan your burning to include removal of ash and unburned residues
after they have cooled. If you're hardcore, pick out recyclables (a
magnet helps to find metal). Then bag up the rest to haul home. Be
sure you clean up anything you burned on the public burn platforms.
They're not dumping stations!
Read the following excellent article written for more information on
air born toxins:
How are you going to burn SAFELY and follow the guide lines to keep
your residue from hitting the ground? Please review your plans and
make whatever changes necessary to accomplish this goal. We are
looking forward to seeing the results!
Have a great weekend!
Harley K. DuBois
Black Rock City LLC
Community Services and Playa Safety
415 865-3800, ext 103