Ban on Open Fires Lifted for North Dakota's Oahe WMA

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has removed the open fire ban on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area effective immediately.

Bill Haase, wildlife resource management supervisor, said recent rains have resulted in a significant green-up in the area. However, he said off-trail travel has been a problem on Oahe WMA this spring, and urges recreationists to stay on designated roads for vehicular traffic.

“Last year’s flood removed several miles of fence, leaving the area without boundary identification of nonmotorized areas,” Haase said. “The off-trail restrictions are in place to protect the intent of wildlife management areas, which is wildlife production.”

Haase asked anyone who witnesses a violation to call Report All Poachers at (800) 472-2121.

Open fires, including campfires, were prohibited this spring on Game and Fish managed property south of Bismarck and Mandan along both sides of the Missouri River.

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

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