The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is calling all kids, ages 3 to 12, to showcase their artistic abilities in this year’s Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest. Wildfire Awareness Month will take place again in May in the State of South Dakota.

This year’s entries will reflect the theme “Smokey Bear’s 75 Birthday Celebration.” Kids living in South Dakota are eligible to participate. All entries must be postmarked by April 19. Only one entry per child is allowed and submitted coloring sheets must be completed by the child with no outside assistance. Each entry must include a completed entry form. Paint, markers, crayons or colored pencils are mediums that may be used.

The contest will have two age brackets with a prize awarded to each group. Group 1­—Contestants ages 3 to 7 submit the official “Birthday Cake” coloring sheet. Group­­—contestants ages 8 to 12 submit the official “Birthday Sign” coloring sheet.

A large Smokey Bear plush toy will be awarded to the contest winners in each category on or before May 10, 2019. Coloring sheets will not be returned.

The coloring sheets may be downloaded and printed from the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month website at

All submissions must be mailed/delivered to: South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, Attn: Casey Warren, 3305 West South Street, Rapid City, SD 57702

For more information, contact Casey Warren at 605-390-2619 or email

South Dakota Wildland Fire Division can be found on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire and on Twitter @SDWildlandFire.

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