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Nevada Sheriff Promises Crackdown On Burning Man Crime

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada sheriff is promising to crack down on any crime occurring in the Black Rock Desert at next week's Burning Man festival.

Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that he doesn't plan to bend any rules for Burning Man visitors.

The 39-year-old former deputy took over as sheriff in January.

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Allen says his predecessor was known for being relatively Burner-friendly and hiring retired officers to patrol the festivities.

Allen says he will only enlist active deputies and officers to ensure all are trained to take appropriate actions to maintain safety.

Festival organizers say they have been working with Allen and there have been few arrests in recent years.

Burning Man is scheduled for Aug. 30 to Sept. 7 and can accommodate 70,000 people.