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Open Fires Banned on Oahe WMA

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is prohibiting all open burning, including campfires, until further notice on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area along both sides of the Missouri River.

Even though the area recently received some much-needed moisture, wildlife resource management supervisor Bill Haase said this heavily wooded recreation area is still prone to wildfires prior to spring green-up.

“The high fuel load in the river bottoms is a concern,” Haase said. “We encourage all people using the public lands along the river to be extremely cautious when conditions are dry.”

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. Burning restriction signs are posted at all entrances to the WMA.

A map showing the boundary of Oahe WMA is available on the Game and Fish website,