A 21-kilometre section of the Trans-Canada Trail near Nanaimo has been shut down due to the fire risk.

The regional district closed the trail from the Timberlands Road Trailhead at the Haslam Creek suspension bridge all the way to the Trailhead at Harewood Mines Road.

The section runs mostly through private land and the RDN says the hot and dry conditions pose too much of a fire risk to keep it open.

Landowner Island Timberlands says most of the company’s property will be closed to recreational users due to increasing fire hazard.

The closure also affects the Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail that runs from Cameron Lake to the Old Arrowsmith ski hill.

Hikers looking to climb Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Cokely are advised that the private logging roads providing access to the back country may also be closed.