Advertisement

Shambhala music festival in B.C. faces wildfire evacuation alert

Shambhala music festival in B.C. faces wildfire evacuation alert
From CBC - August 12, 2017

An evacuation alert in B.C.'s Southern Interior has been expanded to include the Shambhala Music Festival.

The electronic music festival is taking place at the Salmo River Ranch, near Nelson, 650 kilometres east of Vancouver,and is scheduled to run until Sunday. Organizers say about 15,000 people are in attendance, plus 2,000 staff.

Festival founder and owner Jimmy Bundschuh says his team has been working with the regional district and communicating with attendees to ensure they are ready for an early departure.

"The key will be to have people prepared and ready for it," Bundschuh said.

"That's our big goal right now is just to update our guests and make sure that whatever comes will not be a surprise to anybody."

Pls note: #Shambhala2017 festival is on #evacuation alert, NOT order. Details from RD Central Kootenay https://t.co/bb79jIpAM1 #BCwildfire

@EmergencyInfoBC

There is only one road connecting the festival site to the highway. Bundschuh says his team is working to install a dedicated pedestrian bridge to increase throughput.

Advertisement

Continue reading at CBC »