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Wildfire danger forces closure of parts of Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail to motorized use

The RDCK said the affected portion of the trail, used under normal conditions by off-road recreational vehicles, starts at Hall Creek (north of Ymir) and runs south to Salmo.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) said in a media release Tuesday that 22-kilometer portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail will be closed to motorized use due to extreme wildfire danger.

The RDCK said the affected portion of the trail, used under normal conditions by off-road recreational vehicles, starts at Hall Creek (north of Ymir) and runs south to Salmo.

“Due to the current extreme wildfire risk facing much of the province, we are closing this portion of the trail to off-road and motorized vehicles until further notice,” said Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services at the RDCK.

 “Vehicles of all kinds can spark fires for a number of reasons, and this is one step we can take to help keep our trails and communities safe.”

View a map of the trail here: https://www.trailforks.com/trails/nelson-salmo-great-northern-trail-the-great-trail/

Signs indicating the closures have been posted at trail access points.

For up-to-date information about the status of other regional parks and trails, visit www.rdck.ca/EN/main/services/parks.html.