August 18th, 2017

Wildfire in British Columbia forces music festival to wrap up early

By The Canadian Press on August 12, 2017.

SALMO, B.C. – A popular electronic music festival in southern British Columbia is ending early as wildfires burn nearby.

Organizers for the Shambhala Music Festival say there is no threat to the festival or attendees, but they decided to end early after consulting with local government.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay issued an evacuation alert Saturday morning after the BC Wildfire Service reported that flames had crossed the Salmo River and were heading toward Salmo, B.C., where the festival is being held.

An evacuation alert means people need to be ready to leave an area on a moment’s notice.

Shambhala, which has drawn more than 10,000 festival-goers in years past, began Friday and was scheduled to end

Organizers say programming will continue Saturday night and attendees will begin leaving Sunday morning.

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