The Burning Man festival has come to its traditional fiery end. Revellers watched as the wooden sculpture that dominates the site – and gives the festival its name – went up in flames on Saturday night (5 September). The following night saw the burning of the Temple of Promise, a structure containing festivalgoers' handwritten messages and wishes. Reuters photographer Jim Urquhart was one of the nearly 70,000 people who spent the week in the desert, living in an enormous semi-circular encampment known as Black Rock City.

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Radiant Fire and Sonya Sophia walk across the Playa as dawn breaksJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Nadina wears a feathered headdress during Burning Man 2015Jim Urquhart/Reuters
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Lelah Vaga shows off her illuminated wingsJim Urquhart/Reuters
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People walk past dust-covered homes in Black Rock CityJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Matt Steele and Soroya Rowley read the poem on the Blunderwood Portable art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Sarah Tang wears a unicorn headpiece as she dances during Burning ManJim Urquhart/Reuters
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People wearing illuminated suits chat during Burning Man 2015Jim Urquhart/Reuters
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People sit on a Star Wars-themed mutant vehicleJim Urquhart/Reuters
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People play Fire TetrisJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Lea touches an art installation called Penny the GooseJim Urquhart/Reuters
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A close-up look at Penny the Goose, covered in more than 120,000 penniesJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Rasmus Foyer dances at sunriseJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Two people cycle around the Got Framed art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
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People pose for photos on the Got Framed installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Dust blows around the Prairie Wind ChapelJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Mark Goldfogel plays the organ in the Prairie Wind ChapelJim Urquhart/Reuters
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A mutant vehicle makes its way across the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
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An art installation burns during Burning Man 2015Jim Urquhart/Reuters
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Mutant vehicles are driven across the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Amanda McPhail, Erika Minaberry, Thomas Young and Dennis Somerhalder make their way across the Playa in a modified golf cartJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Revellers begin to gather to watch the Man being burnedJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Fireworks are launched as the Man begins to burnJim Urquhart/Reuters
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The Man goes up in flamesJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Thousands watch as the Man is burned during the Burning Man 2015 festival in the Black Rock DesertJim Urquhart/Reuters
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People watch the Man burn from an elevated positionJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Hannah Neil and Austin Bennett embrace as they watch the Man burnJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Chandra Jessee rides a wooden horse as the Man burnsJim Urquhart/Reuters
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The giant Man sculpture is engulfed in flamesJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Ashley and Patience cook bacon for breakfast on the smouldering remains of the ManJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Kenyon Acton takes a photo of Ian Bennett posing on an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
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People gather at the Temple of Promise before sunriseJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Andreas Gyr writes a message at the Temple of Promise before sunriseJim Urquhart/Reuters
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David McFate and Dixie Johnson wait for the Temple of Promise to burnJim Urquhart/Reuters
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The Temple of Promise burns down at the end of the Burning Man 2015 festival in the Black Rock DesertJim Urquhart/Reuters
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KT Cubb kneels at the burning remains of the Temple of PromiseJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Swig Miller is covered in dust during the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock DesertJim Urquhart/Reuters
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Anna Kallett packs her car before departing during Burning Man 2015Jim Urquhart/Reuters