There is no immediate threat to Shambhala due to wildfires
Bu the festival has announced an early closure due to safety precautions.
After initial responses from Shambhala this morning quelled any fears that the wildfires might affect the festival, organizers and local government have decided to best to close the event early.
While there is no immediate threat to the festival, the decision to allow enough time for everyone to evacuate the site should the fires shift, has been made.
Saturday’s planned events will continue as schedules, however, attendees are asked not to act stupid in wake of the news.
It’s never a great day to have to shut down an event early. Thankfully, Shambhala is putting safety first.
Read the Public Safety Announcement from posted on their website:
Read the full notice below or via Shambhala’s website here.
Shambhala Music Festival Public Safety Announcement
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 in to the following resources:
Shambhala Official Website | Traveler Information System: British Columbia | Central Kootenay Regional District Information | BC Wildfire Service
Photos included in this article by: Bryan Duffy