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Celebrating National Hot Dog Day in Wyoming? People reminded to fully extinguish campfires


CASPER, Wyo. — Wednesday, July 20 marks National Hot Dog Day, and people may be thinking about cooking hot dogs over a campfire.

If so, the Wyoming State Forestry Division reminded people to practice fire safety.

“If you are celebrating National Hot Dog Day by roasting them over a campfire, remember to fully extinguish your campfire when leaving the area,” the Wyoming State Forestry Division said Wednesday.

There are a variety of fire restrictions in place across Wyoming, often limiting campfires to only established fire rings. That is the case in Yellowstone National Park, where fire danger was raised to high on Wednesday. While campfires are still allowed in established fire rings at campgrounds in the park, Yellowstone Public Affairs urged people to make sure to properly extinguish any campfires.


“Campfires must always be attended and cold to the touch before abandoning,” Yellowstone Public Affairs said Wednesday. “Soak, stir, feel, repeat.”

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has implemented some fire restrictions on Game and Fish lands in a number of counties in conjunction with county and Bureau of Land Management restrictions. While campfires are still allowed in some cases, Game and Fish said Monday that fire safety is key to preventing wildfires this summer.

“An action as simple as leaving a campfire’s warm ashes or littering a still-smoldering cigarette can cause a fire on the landscape,” Ray Bredehoft, chief of the Wyoming Game and Fish’s Habitat and Access Branch, said in the Monday release. “In July and August, they can grow quickly.”

“Remaining cautious with anything that has an open flame or can burn, including stoves, matches and lighters, to name a few, is extremely important for Wyoming’s habitat and wildlife. … If allowed, campfires need to be attended at all times and be completely extinguished. This includes smoking materials like cigarettes.”


Game and Fish said campers need to make sure they have plenty of water on hand if they choose to have a campfire. People should do the following to help ensure a fire is completely extinguished, Game and Fish added:

  • Allow wood to burn completely to ash.
  • Pour lots of water on the fire to drown all embers.
  • Pour water until the hissing sound stops.
  • Scrape sticks and logs to remove any embers.
  • Stir the ashes and embers with a shovel until everything is wet and cold to the touch.

A comprehensive listing of fire restrictions for Game and Fish lands is available on the Game and Fish fire ban web page.