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Associated Press, Published July 02 2013

Fireworks prohibited on ND wildlife areas

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is reminding people that the possession and use of fireworks is prohibited on state wildlife management areas.

The areas are set aside to enhance wildlife production and provide hunting and fishing opportunities. Officials say they're popular destinations for holiday celebrants, but fireworks can disrupt wildlife and cause grassfires.

Separately, Game and Fish is lifting an overnight camping ban on Tuesday and Wednesday for some wildlife management areas in the western Oil Patch this week due to the Fourth of July holiday.

The camping restrictions are aimed at people who take shelter in the areas because of a housing shortage in the region.

Camping still is prohibited every day of the week at some wildlife management areas. Details can be found at http://www.gf.nd.gov .

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.