Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday was August 9th. Sorry to be a bit tardy, however I do believe in birthday week. Let’s celebrate Smokey Bear’s milestone birthday and years of service. (In 1952 a song was written called “Smokey the Bear”, adding “the” helped the rhythm.)
Smokey handed this out in 1971, teaching boys and girls about forest resources and safety
On his birthday, I bet Smokey Bear wished for rain. And for continued strength, safety and support for those battling blazes in the West.
Have to take off my birthday hat now. As lovely as the vintage graphics are, the message remains very real. As of today, 8.13.14, there are 43 wildfires burning. Over 700,000 acres have burned this summer. Devastating.
from the National Interagency Fire Center
|Daily statistics 8/13/14|
|Number of new large fires||4||States currently reporting large fires:|
|Number of active large fires||39|
|Acres from active fires||717,660|
|Fires contained since 8/12/14||4|
Washington has finally had some precipitation this week.
Thanks Smokey Bear. http://www.smokeybear.com/wildfires.asp
In summers past, I have seen the haze and smoke from forest fires in Washington, Idaho and Montana, and am fortunate to have never experienced an actual blaze. My wish is the same as Smokey’s.