- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is prohibiting open burning this spring on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area south of Bismarck-Mandan.

The goal is to reduce the potential for wildfires on the heavily wooded recreation area along the Missouri River. The area is prone to wildfires before the spring green-up.

Wildlife Resource Management Supervisor Bill Haase says all open burning including campfires is banned until further notice. The use of portable grills is allowed but extreme caution is advised.

The Oahe Wildlife Management Area covers more than 16,000 acres in portions of Burleigh, Emmons, and Morton counties. Burning restriction signs are posted at all entrances.

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