Canada Shambhala Music Festival on evacuation alert due to growing wildfire

07:16  13 august  2017
07:16  13 august  2017 Source:   vancouversun.com

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Organizers of a popular electronic music festival in Salmo are cutting short their event after a wildfire jumped a nearby river, prompting an evacuation alert . Organizers for the Shambhala Music Festival said Saturday afternoon that the flames aren’t threatening the festival or attendees, but they

B.C.'s Shambhala Music Festival is under an evacuation order due to nearby wildfires . SALMO, B.C. — Attendees at a popular electronic music festival are subject to an evacuation alert after a wildfire jumped the Salmo River.

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Organizers of a popular electronic music festival in Salmo are cutting short their event after a wildfire jumped a nearby river, prompting an evacuation alert.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay issued the alert Saturday morning after the B.C. Wildfire Service reported the McCormick Creek wildfire had jumped the Salmo River and was heading toward the Shambhala Music Festival

Festival organizers said in a news release that planned events would continue through the end of the day Saturday, but they asked people attending the festival to have their vehicles packed in case they have to leave earlier and designate a driver, and be ready to leave early on Sunday. 

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One of B.C.’s biggest outdoor music festivals has issued a “pre- evacuation alert ” due to nearby wildfires . The Shambhala festival near Salmo B.C. issued the notice on Wednesday evening due to an existing evacuation alert near the festival grounds.

The McCormick Creek wildfire is about 20 kilometres southwest of the festival . The Regional District of Central Kootenay issued an evacuation alert due to the 75-hectare fire on Wednesday. The RDCK said Shambhala could be included in an expanded alert or an order if the fire continues to grow .

The regional district is asking people leaving the fair to immediately leave the region for their own safety.

A footbridge has been installed over the Salmo River to provide another way for people to leave if conditions change.

Shambhala, which drew more than 15,000 festival-goers last year, began Friday.

The B.C. Wildfire said Saturday morning that the McCormick Creek fire was 2.5 square kilometres in size, and 27 firefighters, four helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment were being used to fight the flames.

 

Getting so many people out of the area does present “some elevated concern,” said Chris Duffy with Emergency Management B.C., but staff from the department have been helping festival organizers develop contingency plans.

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SALMO, B.C. — Organizers of a popular electronic music festival in southern British Columbia are telling attendees to stay calm after a wildfire jumped a nearby river, prompting an evacuation alert . The Regional District of Central Kootenay issued the alert Saturday morning after the BC Wildfire

Shambhala Music Festival remains on alert for possible evacuation after wildfires spread. View the Current McCormick Creek Wild Fire Evacuation Alert and Order Map

Fire information officer Ryan Turcott said the McCormick Creek fire was burning about nine kilometres away from the festival site Saturday morning.

Turcott said the fire was one of 140 fires burning across the province Saturday and about 3,900 were working to control the flames.

More than 6,400 people remain displaced from their homes by the flames and RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Annie Linteau made another plea Saturday for people to leave areas where evacuations have been ordered.

“When an order is issued, it’s done in consultation with numerous stakeholders and is done only when there is a significant and real danger to people’s lives,” she said in a conference call.

“By choosing to remain in an evacuated area, you’re putting yourself at risk and increasing the danger to first responders in the area and making the job of first responders more difficult.”

 

Meanwhile, the evacuation alert for the nearby community of Nelway was also been upgraded to an evacuation order. About 23 homes are affected.

 

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