Perhaps one of the most beloved characters of all time, Smokey Bear, is turning 80 this year, and we can’t wait to celebrate alongside the United States Forest Service. Created in 1944 by the U.S. Forest Service as the lead symbol in its Wildfire Prevention Campaign, Smokey Bear has become an American icon throughout the last eight decades. We don’t know many American adults who don’t remember Smokey and his signature catchphrase, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”

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So, tell us, what is your fondest memory of Smokey Bear in his 80-year history? 

P.S. If you were confused about Smokey Bear versus “Smokey The Bear,” you’re not alone – according to the New Mexico Smokey Bear Historic Park website, “the” was added to Smokey’s name when a song was written about the bear, so the lyrics would match the melody. The more you know, right?

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