UPDATED: Shambhala Music Fest Closing Early Due to Wildfire Risk – Fest is back on Sunday

Festival is back on…

Shambhala music festival back on after wildfire prompted early closure

Aug 12, 2017 TMTV For Global News – (From RDCK) After extensive consultation with the RDCK EOC, RCMP, BCEHS and MOTI, the Shambhala Music Festival organizers have decided to close the Shambhala Music Festival early this year.

Smoke from the nearby Wildfire located south of the Festival, photo taken Saturday afternoon.

While there is no immediate threat to the festival or its attendees, it was agreed that it would be in the best interest of the Shambhala attendees to allow adequate time to vacate the area safely.

Programming for Saturday evening will continue as planned, however we encourage guests to make necessary preparations for an efficient exit of the site by getting a head start on packing up their campsite and belongings.

Due to wildfire threats we encourage that festival goers head straight home and not to linger in the area.

All ferries will be running throughout the evenings to allow for efficient departures.

As there are multiple wildfires in the area local emergency services have asked that everyone head straight home and not to linger in the area.

The RDCK EOC will provide further updates as more information becomes available.

For updates on the current McCormick Creek wildfire situation, visit: BC Wildfire – Interactive Map of Current Fires

SHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVAL – PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT

(From Shambhala’s statement ) Saturday August 12, 2017- 3:00pm PST

DUE TO THE MCCORMICK CREEK WILDLIFE AND AFTER CONSULTING WITH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVAL LTD. HAS DECIDED TO ISSUE AN EARLY CLOSURE THIS YEAR.

While there is no immediate threat to the festival or its attendees, we believe it to be in everyone’s best interest to allow adequate time to vacate the area safely.

Programming for Saturday evening will continue as planned, however, we encourage guests to make necessary preparations for an efficient exit of the site by getting a head start on packing up their campsite and belongings. Necessary camping equipment may remain in place and can be moved during the exit procedures.

In order to maintain order while vacating, we would ask our guests to:

  • Begin to pack your vehicle
  • Remain sober
  • Designate a driver
  • Remain calm
  • Be well rested
  • Plan your route home

As there are multiple wildfires in the area local emergency services have asked that everyone head straight home and not to linger in the area.

For updates, tune into the following resources:

www.shambhalamusicfestival.com
www.drivebc.ca
www.rdck.ca
http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=663

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