Shambhala Has Issued a "Pre-Evacuation Alert" Due to Wildfires

Article by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus

Thu August 10, 2017 | 14:30 PM

No reason to get alarmed yet, but this is an important note for anyone headed to Shambhala Music Festival this weekend: The festival has issued a "pre-evacuation alert" due to wildfires near the festival grounds. According to the fest's website, it is not affecting the festival at this moment, but all festies should "be prepared for changing conditions."

According to Canada's Global News, the BC Wildfire Service, as of Wednesday, is fighting a new 75 hectare fire about 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo (where Shambhala takes place) and south of the Salmo River. The website reports that 20 firefighters are working the blaze, along with air tankers and four helicopters.

The Regional District of the Central Kootenay issued an evacuation alert on Wednesday for an area southwest of the festival site, so the festival itself is staying ahead the situation by issuing its own "pre-evacuation alert."

Shambhala Map Evacuation Alert

Photo by: Regional District of the Central Kootenay

Shambhala is asking attendees to make plans with friends to leave early if necessary, and to ensure groups have a well-rested designated driver. Anyone headed to the festival this weekend should keep an eye on the Shambhala website, or to download the festival app which can send push notification in the event of an emergency.

Shambhala celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and is still scheduled to kick off Friday, August 11.