Wildfire smokes Rock Creek music festival

Kris and Kia, organizers of the Ponderosa Music and Arts Festival, have announced it has been cancelled this weekend due to the Rock Creek wildfire.
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PENTICTON - The Rock Creek fire has claimed another victim, this time in the form of an annual music festival.

Ponderosa Music and Arts Festival organizers have announced the Rock Creek event will not take place this year.

They explain in a media safety concerns have been raised by local government officials due to the active Rock Creek wildfire burning in the area.

"Due to the dynamic nature of the fire we have continued to keep a close watch on its activity and how it may impact the festival," the release says. "As we have always said, we are in no position to put the safety of our guests, staff, and others at risk."

The music festival was scheduled to take place this coming weekend, Aug. 21 to Aug. 23.

Event organizers are asking everyone to spread the news about the event's cancellation to those planning to make the trip to Rock Creek this weekend.

The three day festival has been taking place at the Rock Creek fairgrounds since 2013.

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