Salmo River Ranch, the venue of Shambhala Music Festival known to insiders as “The Farm” is currently covered with a thick haze. Organizers of the B.C. event issued a “pre-evacuation alert” last night due to a wildfire burning near event grounds, asking guests to plan for an early exit should conditions worsen. As the fire smolders 20 kilometres southwest of the show grounds, grey smoke cover’s much of what would traditionally be a beautiful and majestic valley view.

According to CBC News, the Regional District of Central Kootenay issued an evacuation alert due to the 75-hectare fire on Wednesday. “While this [alert] does not currently affect the festival, all guests should be prepared for changing conditions,” reads the statement.

Festival officials recommend guests pull together a game plan for a quick exit and plan to have a “well-rested” designated driver for the duration of the event. A strict fire ban is still in effect and pocket ashtrays are available on site. Guests observed tossing cigarette butts on the ground will removed from Shambhala indefinitely. The B.C. Wildfire Service said there are nearly two-dozen firefighters and eight aircraft fighting the McCormick Creek fire.


H/T CBC News