Victoria’s Secret model Kelly Gale and fiancé Joel Kinnaman stuck in Burning Man hell as 73,000 festival-goers are trapped amid dangerous weather conditions
Kelly Gale and her fiancé Joel Kinnaman battled the challenging weather conditions on Sunday as they departed the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert.
The Victoria’s Secret model, 28, posted a gallery of photos to her Instagram Stories showing her and Joel, 43, wading their way through the desert mud back to civilisation.
Kelly cut a downbeat figure as she and Joel left the festival on foot with a group of friends.
She sported a quintessential Burning Man hairstyle featuring braids and chains, whle covering in a hoodie and track pants.
Kelly and a female pal even taped plastic bags over their shoes for protection against the mud, while Kelly wore her backpack to the front.
‘Mud Man 2023. Getting to safety,’ she wrote next to the photos, while adding in another post: ‘Every year in this place is interesting’.
Despite the difficult terrain, Kelly appeared to cheer up as the day went on and later posted a snap of herself beaming alongside the caption: ‘Still smiling’.
It comes amid reports, 73,000 revelers attending the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert were told to shelter in place and conserve food and water on Saturday after a massive rainstorm turned the site into a mud pit.
The final weekend of the hedonisitic event ground to a halt on Friday night as freezing, mud-caked conditions took over.
‘Do not travel to Black Rock City!.’ Burning Man organisers tweeted, referring to the desert area where the alternative festival takes place.
‘Access to the city is closed for the remainder of the event, and you will be turned around’, organisers said in a statement on social media.
‘Rain over the last 24 hours has created a situation that required a full stop of vehicle movement,’ they explained.
About six inches of rain is believed to have fallen on Friday at the festival site, located about 110 miles north of Reno, the National Weather Service in Reno said.
Organisers urged festivalgoers already on site to ‘conserve food, water and fuel, and shelter in a warm, safe space.’
Those not trapped in the grounds tried not to let the storms dampen their mood, however, with local bars packed with festivalgoers still hoping to make the most of a bad situation.
Upwards of 100,000 people are believed to have made their way to the Nevada wasteland this year, making it among the most attended in Burning Man’s history, and the event is always among the most hotly anticipated for festivalgoers every summer.