"The high desert is not like the low desert, like Phoenix, " said Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Monterey.
Burning Man organizers say the counter-culture festival attendee broke through safety perimeters about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and ran into the blaze.
A man has died after jumping into the fire of a flaming statue at the signature ceremony at Burning Man Festival 2017.
The reason behind Mitchell's drastic step was not known, the sheriff said. While police say he wasn't under the influence of alcohol, they are now awaiting the results of a toxicology report.
Mr Allen said it is a problem that the organisers have tried to contain by having their own rangers stage a human-chain to prevent people from getting to the fire.
Federal officials originally wanted the Burning Man organisers to call it off, but organisers proceeded anyway, this time with the added security of a metal fence and more than 600 volunteers and staff surrounding the structure. It is due to end on Monday.
Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham said in an email that the local festival airstrip, which is built each year, is open and the celebration was continuing as scheduled.
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Mitchell was a USA citizen who lived in Switzerland with his wife, Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen said in a Sunday night statement.
This year marks the 32nd annual Burning Man festival.
One of the scores of wildfires burning from California to Montana temporarily shut down the main travel route to the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno.
She and her husband, Donald Mitchell, had last seen Mitchell on August 1.
"Mr. Mitchell's family has been advised of his death".
Adding, 'He was loving and a nice person'.
At the time of his death, the married man without children worked in construction.