South Dakota’s Wildfire Awareness Coloring Contest Winners Announced!

Winning artwork by Layla Norrie, ages 3-7 age group.  Photo:  South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire. 

Each year, budding artists in South Dakota submit their interpretations of a wildfire awareness theme. This year, South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month’s Coloring Contest winners are Layla Norrie and Paden Belkham. Both were awarded a plush Smokey Bear toy and serious bragging rights!
The contest theme this year was “Be Ember Aware” which encourages members of the community to learn about the danger of embers during a wildfire and what they can do to reduce the risk. 
Winning artwork by Paden Belkham, ages 8-12 age group.  Photo:  South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire. 
There were 333 total entries with 162 in the three to seven age group and 171 entries in the eight to twelve age group. 
South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month is planned by interagency cooperation and was created to promote wildfire awareness, safety, and prevention through public events held throughout South Dakota to remind citizens of the dangers of wildland fire and the simple steps that can be followed to prepare for and prevent wildfire. 
To learn more about South Dakota Wildland Fire Awareness Month, please visit: