Smokey the Bear turns 75!


Most every school-aged child has had the priviledge of making the acquaintance of the larger than life figure, Smokey the Bear! Smokey, while bringing smiles to children’s faces, also introduces them to wildfire safety and prevention.

The Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest-running public service campaign in the U.S. Since his debut in 1944, Smokey Bear has taught millions of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires.

Although Smokey will turn 75 on Friday, August 9, his work in preventing wildfires is far from over. Campaigns like “Spark Change, not Wildfires,” and Smokey’s conservation pledge will continue on.

For every child who has grown up knowing the joy of meeting the legendary bear, and for every Forestry worker who was fortunate enough to don the suit, thank you! Happy Birthday Smokey Bear!

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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