West Kootenay Area Wildfire Update

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Here’s what you need to know about the current BC forest fire situation. Current report as of August 4th, 2017:


  • The closest fire to the Nelson and Kootenay Lake surroundI area (approx. 1500 hectares in size, and approx. 50kms away from the Salmo River Ranch)
  • No immediate threat is posed to Salmo & Area at this time. Nelson BC, 50 km away, may be placed on evacuation notice if conditions worsen. Harrop / Procter, the closest communities to the fire, 83 km away, are currently on pre-evacuation alert.
  • BC wildfire standing by to monitor fire daily and implement control strategies
  • Only a few forest service roads have been closed. Be sure to check DriveBc.ca before making travel plans for up-to-date road reports.
  • Persons with respiratory problems to be aware of air quality (Air Quality Health Index: 4 – Moderate Health Risk). Shambhala recommends bringing something like a cycling mask with a filter if air quality may be an issue for you.
  • STRICT fire ban in place. NO campfires. NO open burn. Serious fines and penalties apply to those who do not adhere. **Does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. Flames must be less than 15cm in height**


  • Reminder that NO candles, fire toys, tiki torches, propane fire pits are permitted on festival grounds. Only propane camp stoves are allowed.
  • Read up on other banned items to ensure a safe and fun festival experience: http://shambhalamusicfestival.com/banned-items-faq/
  • Help prevent lighting fires by using a pocket ashtray (get one free from a Green River Collective member) .


  • In event of a fire emergency, Shambhala Music Festival is prepared with: 2 fire trucks, a dozen 1000 gallon tanks, 5km of underground irrigation, fast attack fire unit with pump, a solely dedicated fire suppression team, 50 site crew staff trained to operate fire trucks, 11 fully equipped fire boxes, fire extinguishers, bladders and brake.
  • Fire response time from Salmo Fire Dept.: ~ 20 mins. 

Shambhala currently remains unaffected and will proceed as usual. 

We will keep all you Shambhalovelies safe and up to date, but here are some great resources if you wish to seek more information:

Safe travels and we will see you on the dance floor! 


Harrop Creek Fire 

Highway Closures as of August 4, 2017, 14:30 PST


Countdown to 2017

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