BRITISH COLUMBIA

Shambhala Music Festival Under Evacuation Alert Due To Wildfires

Event draws around 10,000 people, began Friday.

08/12/2017 13:37 EDT | Updated 08/12/2017 13:38 EDT
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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.

The B.C. Wildfire Service issued an evacuation alert Saturday morning, saying a nearby fire has jumped the river and is headed toward the Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo, B.C.

The festival previously issued what it called a "pre-evacuation alert" to attendees, letting them know that they should make plans in case of a mandatory evacuation.

Shambhala, which has drawn more than 10,000 festival-goers in years past, began Friday.

B.C. Wildfire says the fire is increasing in size and threatening properties in the area.

It says festival-goers should make sure they leave enough time to return home safely.

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