PEMBERTON, BC (CelebrityAccess) — HUKA Entertainment announced today that the Air Quality Health Index in Pemberton has settled back into low risk numbers after clement weather helped to disperse the smoke from a pair of wildfires in the region.
The BC Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, ended the Wildfire Smoke Advisory for the Sea-to-Sky corridor on Saturday, July 11, noting that fine particulate levels had dropped below the Provincial Ambient Air Quality Objective at all monitoring stations. This announcement follows a previous statement at the end of last week from provincial, local and First Nations government officials, which confirmed that conditions of wildfires approximately 70 km from the Pemberton Music Festival site pose no immediate threat to the event.
Festival organizers and fire officials were quick to remind festival-goers that the area is still susceptible to fire hazards and asked the vistors to be mindful of fire safety during their time at the festival. As has been the case since the festival was announced in the fall of 2013, camp fires are not permitted at Pemberton Music Festival. Moreover, similar to last year’s event, complimentary portable ashtrays will be available on site for smokers, in addition to ash receptacles around the festival site.
“For the past several months, I have been working closely with HUKA to ensure adequate safety measures and emergency plans are in place for the Pemberton Music Festival,” said Pemberton fire chief Robert Grossman. “I have reviewed their emergency and evacuation plans and can say with confidence that HUKA has done an excellent job of preparing their site and addressing safety and fire concerns.”
The festival is set to take place from July 16-19, with performances by Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, J. Cole, Tiësto, Hozier, Kid Cudi, Missy Elliott, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Broken Social Scene, Alice Cooper, The String Cheese Incident and numerous others. The event kicks off on July 15th, with a free show at Whistler’s Olympic Plaza, which is open to all. – Staff Writers