A giant, wooden effigy is set ablaze at the event (Image: Burning Man Festival 2009 by Mindaugas Danys/Flickr) Photograph: (Others)
Mitchell crossed two levels of security personnel guarding the area where the 'Man' was burning on Saturday night
A man lost his life after running into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival.
A giant, wooden effigy is set ablaze at the event.
41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell, the deceased, broke through a two-later security perimeter to enter into the flames.
Roughly 50,000 people were attending the festival when the firefighting crew pulled out Mitchell from the fire. He was airlifted to UC Davis hospital burn center in California, where he died on Sunday morning.
Reports confirm that Mitchell was not under the influence of alcohol.
Mitchell, a US citizen, was living in Switzerland with his wife.
Event organisers cancelled the afternoon ceremonies but would go ahead with the 8 pm temple burn, another trademark event that concludes the nine-day festival. This year, the art and music festival in the Black Rock Desert, approximately 161 kilometers north of Reno, saw 70,000 attendees.
Organizers are also counseling and emotional support on site, saying in a statement: "Now is a time for closeness, contact, and community. Trauma needs processing. Promote calls, hugs, self-care, check-ins, and sleep."