“I see your hair is burning, Hills are filled with fire…”
(The Doors – L.A. Woman)
Unless you have just returned from a vacation on the dark side of Mars, you have no doubt been hearing about (or experiencing first hand) the unprecedented and devastating wildfire crisis that has been raging throughout the Southern Interior and Cariboo Regions of British Columbia for over a month now.
So, many of you may have been wondering what effect the current wildfire situation in the BC may have on the status of the 2017 Desert Daze Festival? Well, the short answer is – none at all!
At the time of this writing – (Sunday August 6) – the Desert Daze Music Festival is still set to roll starting Friday August 11th.
The specific fire that is most local to Spences Bridge (the Elephant Hill fire) originated near Ashcroft (north of Spences Bridge) and has since then plotted a course primarily in a northward direction – affecting persons and property in Cache Creek, Loon Lake, 16 Mile House, Clinton and beyond.
At this time there has been no indication of the fires spreading to the south toward Spences Bridge and the Desert Daze Festival site and we are hopeful that it will stay that way. Though of course we are well aware that the current fire situation is “fluid and dynamic” and is subject to change on the whims of the old gods and the new and an abrupt change in wind direction.
Most of the major highways and roads leading to Spences Bridge remain open at this time.
So we are all still looking forward to a wonderful (and safe!) Desert Daze Festival. We will continue to monitor the situation of course and we will not hesitate to cancel the event if it appears that not doing so would endanger the health and well being of all involved.
So despite the possibility of there being some smoke in the air, the 8th annual Desert Daze Music Festival is clear to launch! Please stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for further updates to our status!