Nearly 200 Burning Man backers packed a casino meeting room mostly to complain about new conditions and restrictions the government wants to place on the counter-culture festival in the northern Nevada desert.

Many of the critics at the Bureau of Land Management’s public meeting on a draft environmental statement in Sparks Monday night took aim at proposals to step up security searches and erect new barriers around the event if it’s allowed to expand its capacity to 100,000 in the coming years.

Several said BLM’s plans would result in environmental impacts much worse than existing conditions.

In this Monday, April 8, 2019, photoHolly Prohaska, at podium left, a project manager for a Bureau of Land Management contractor that helped prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the Burning Man festival, describes the document during a public hearing in Sparks, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
In this Monday, April 8, 2019, photoHolly Prohaska, at podium left, a project manager for a Bureau of Land Management contractor that helped prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the Burning Man festival, describes the document during a public hearing in Sparks, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve voiced support for the event. Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin said every seat on every Reno flight is full three days before and after the weeklong event that culminates Labor Day weekend with the burning of a towering wooden effigy.

In this Monday, April 8, 2019, photo  Mark Hall, right the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's field manager in Winnemucca, speaks as Burning Man organizer Marmee Benson looks on during a public hearing in Sparks, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
In this Monday, April 8, 2019, photo Mark Hall, right the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s field manager in Winnemucca, speaks as Burning Man organizer Marmee Benson looks on during a public hearing in Sparks, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
Chelsea McKinney, outdoor recreation coordinator for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada, describes a draft environmental impact statement for the Burning Man event during a meeting in Sparks, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
Chelsea McKinney, outdoor recreation coordinator for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada, describes a draft environmental impact statement for the Burning Man event during a meeting in Sparks, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
Nearly 200 Burning Man backers packed a casino meeting room in Sparks, Nev., on Monday, April 8, 2019 to mostly complain about new conditions and restrictions the government wants to place on Burning Man, the counter-culture festival in the northern Nevada desert. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
Nearly 200 Burning Man backers packed a casino meeting room in Sparks, Nev., on Monday, April 8, 2019 to mostly complain about new conditions and restrictions the government wants to place on Burning Man, the counter-culture festival in the northern Nevada desert. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)