Game and Parks stresses safety after weekend fire at Branched Oak WMA


Lincoln, NE (KGWN) - The cause of a fire at Branched Oak Wildlife Management Area (WMA) over the weekend is under investigation.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday and burned around 1,000 acres, 325 of which were located on the WMA. The fire melted a plastic drainage tube at the WMA and destroyed approximately 1.25 miles of fence. It also caused damage to property on private land. All damage at Branched Oak WMA was north of the marina.

Nineteen volunteer fire departments responded to the fire, which was contained around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The cause remains unknown.

To prevent fires, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recommends those visiting wildlife management areas, state parks and state recreation areas take the following precautions:

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