The Shambhala Music Festival, on the eve of its 20th anniversary, released an alert for their guests urging them to be prepared for evacuation. Firefighters in the area are currently fighting a raging wildfire 13 miles southwest of the grounds which could threaten the event if it grows larger.
The British Colombia-based festival welcomes around 10,000 attendees each year and is headlined this year by A-Trak, Crizzly, NGHTMRE, and many more. Shambhala prides itself on celebrating art and life as well as staying away from the mainstream influence which dominates modern day festivals.
To be completely transparent, the fire does not currently threaten the festival. However, Shambhala could be included in an expanded alert or order if the fire continues to grow according to the Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire & Emergency Management.
Shambhala organizers recommend that festival goers plan on having a well-rested designated driver throughout the festival, make arrangements for an evacuation, and stay well informed through next few days.
The fire, estimated at a size of 100 hectares, was first discovered August 9th and requires the use of helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment. Information can be attained regarding the festival through the Shambhala App or regarding the status of the fire on the Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire & Emergency Management official website. We wish everyone a fun-filled safe weekend!