Wild­fire in B.C. forces mu­sic fes­ti­val to wrap up early

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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 Mon­day. Or­ga­niz­ers say pro­gram­ming con­tin­ued Satur­day night and at­ten­dees be­gan leav­ing Sun­day morn­ing.

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