On August 9th, 2017, the Regional District of Central Kootenay issued an Evacuation Alert for the area of McCormick Creek, 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo in the Pend d’Oreille area west of Highway 6 due to a wildfire.
The wildfire started on August 8th and has grown to an estimated 75 hectares in size.
Shambhala Music Festival could be placed under an Evacuation Alert or Evacuation Order should the fire situation worsen. The RDCK Emergency Operations Centre is currently working with RCMP, BCEHS, MOTI and Shambhala organizers to ensure public safety is maintained in the event of an emergency.
In cooperation with these organizations, Shambhala issued the following statement to festival-goers on the evening of August 9th.
Please be informed:
In the interest of public safety, we would like to inform our guests and the public, that there is an evacuation alert near the festival grounds.
We are currently communicating with local government to stay ahead of the situation. BC Wildfire Service is currently fighting the fire with considerable force including 20 firefighters, 4 helicopters, 1 heavy equipment and 4 air tankers.
What does this mean to our guests?
While this does not currently affect the festival, all guests should be prepared for changing conditions. What can you do?
1) Talk with your friends about an early departure in case things change.
2) Plan to have a well-rested designated driver throughout the festival.
3) Stay informed.
How to check for updates?
For updates, find us on www.shambhalamusicfestival.com. Stay tuned to our social media channels and use the Shambhala Official Mobile App, as we will send push notifications.
For updates on the current McCormick Creek wildfire situation, visit: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=663
- A strict fire ban is still in effect and to be mindful of cigarette butts. Pocket ashtrays are available from the Green River Collective.
- Stay calm, tell your friends, and make sure everyone has a plan in place to leave the property if necessary. Our staff is here to ensure your safety and will keep you updated as conditions change.
The message was delivered via festival app, online and social media communications as well as person-to-person contact with Shambhala’s Outreach teams handing out over 3000 handbills notifying guests of the situation.
There has been no change in Shambhala’s information alert status as of 1:30pm Thursday, August 10th, 2017.