One of my most Favorite childhood memories was of Smokey Bear, his stature when I met him was grand. The Message that he passed on to me was one I will never forget. Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign has been around for 73 years and it’s still going strong! So Happy Birthday our friend, here’s to another 73 years!
In this Oct. 2, 2011 file photo, the Smokey Bear hot air balloon is shown flying at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM. The well-known hot air balloon of a New Mexico-born fire prevention icon is now at a center of a tug-of-war over federal spending after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., said Thursday Jan. 3, 2013 during the Senate’s opening day that the Smokey Bear Balloon was an example of wasteful spending. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)