"US Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews told The Independent: "[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
But this is an all-day fest, so we'll probably get more updates from Nevada as the clock winds down.
There are people at the Storm Area 51 raid right now.
The Little Ale Inn in Rachel, Nevada.
Warm beneath a wolf "spirit hood" and matching faux fur jacket, the 31-year-old Pokemon collectible cards dealer said people, not the military base, drew him drive more than six hours from Pomona, California, alone. A beer company produced alien-themed cans.
Space 51 sits about 12 miles (19 km) from Rachel, Nevada, a tiny outpost north of Las Vegas that's internet hosting a music competition to entertain any UFO hunters or others heading to the area.
Michael Ian Borer, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas, sociologist who researches pop culture and paranormal activity, called the festivities sparked by the internet joke 'a ideal blend of interest in aliens and the supernatural, government conspiracies, and the desire to know what we don't know'.
"People desire to be part of something, to be ahead of the curve", Borer said.
The Alien Research Center, a retail souvenir shop located near the military testing base known as Area 51 in Rachel, Nev., Aug. 20, 2013.
"A bunch of random people in weird costumes standing outside of a government base, why would you want to miss that?" stated a YouTube character who goes by the identify Atozy.
More than 2 million people said they were "attending" the event when a Facebook invite went viral in June, with local officials bringing in extra enforcement for the three-day event, which commences on Friday.
Joerg Arnu, a resident in the small town of Rachel, said he too had begun taking such precautions in case any large crowds arrive.
Roberts, the guy who started it all, said he was in fear that the "FBI's going to show at my house" admitting it "got a little spooky from there".
Those who show up in shorts and flip-flops will find no protection against "critters, snakes and scorpions".
'It will get cold at night.
We will be updating this story throughout the day as more info is available and more people arrive and attempt to see them aliens.
Officials expect cellular service to be overwhelmed.
The Federal Aviation Administration closed nearby air space this week.
Electronic dance music DJ and recording artist Paul Oakenfold is Friday's headliner in Hiko.
"We have planned and staged enough to handle 30,000 to 40,000 people", Higbee said. YouTubers didn't even need to be in Nevada for people to click on their work as long as they tagged content correctly.
Some residents of Rachel, a remote desert town of 50 people a short distance from the military base, anxious their community might be overwhelmed by unruly crowds turning out in response to a recent, viral social-media invitation to "storm" Area 51.
'It's public land, ' the sheriff said.
Arnu said the military added razor wire to barbed cattle fencing on the Area 51 boundary near his home, installed more cameras and battery-powered lighting, and erected an imposing spike barrier just inside a gate.
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