>Reports are starting to come in that Shambhala Music Festival is under an evacuation alert due to nearby wildfires.
The festival issued a “pre-evacuation alert” due to nearby wildfires late Wednesday night.
Whoa! @shambhala_mf is being evacuated due to forest fires?
— Chad Verwey (@ChadVerwey) August 12, 2017
On their website, the event says the notice was issued “in the interest of public safety,” and that festival goers should be “prepared for changing conditions,” but the alert hadn’t affected the festival.
Updates shared Saturday morning said the fire had jumped the Salmo River and is moving closer toward the electronic music festival, located at the Salmo River Ranch. The growth of the fire prompted officials to expand the evacuation alert, which began Friday and ends Monday.
Organizers say guests should have a designated driver in place for the weekend in case conditions worsen.
The annual gathering, located in Salmo Ranch, British Columbia is one of the most popular festivals in the world. We will update as we get more information available!