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Authorities scale back for Area 51 event

Area 51 Dangers
Posted at 12:38 PM, Sep 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 15:38:00-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Authorities are scaling back the number of law enforcement officers and medics at ongoing events in towns near Area 51 in the remote Nevada desert.

Lincoln County emergency services Chief Eric Holt said Saturday that officials aren't getting complacent, but resources to handle up to 30,000 people probably won't be needed for an estimated 3,000 campers and festival-goers at "Alienstock" in Rachel.

A promoter canceled an evening music schedule in Hiko (HI'-koh) tied to an internet hoax inviting people to "Storm Area 51."

A slate of speakers and is still planned Saturday at the Alien Research Center.

But "Area 51 Basecamp" organizer Keith Wright says that after drawing just 500 attendees at a Friday concert planned for 5,000, he decided to pull the plug.