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Associated Press, Published April 11 2013

Game and Fish bans open fires on Oahe WMA

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is prohibiting open burning on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area along both sides of the Missouri River.

Wildlife resource management supervisor Bill Haase says that despite recent moisture, the heavily wooded recreation area is prone to wildfires prior to spring green-up.

Burning restriction signs are posted at all entrances. The ban includes campfires.

Haase says the high fuel load in the river bottoms is a concern. He encourages people to be extremely cautious when conditions are dry.

The Oahe WMA covers more than 16,000 acres along the Missouri River and Lake Oahe south of Bismarck-Mandan in portions of Burleigh, Emmons, and Morton counties.

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