Celebrations planned for Smokey Bear’s 75th


Gov. Susana Martinez prepares to take a photograph with Smokey Bear following a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, March 31, 2014. Martinez urged residents to be cautious as the state heads into another potentially dangerous fire season. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

PORTERVILLE, California – Smokey Bear turns 75 years old this month, and the U.S. Forest Service will be celebrating the occasion.

The lovable mascot’s birthday is Friday, August 9th. On that day, staff with the Sequoia National Forest will be holding a pair of classes on fire safety.

Adults can find out about how to protect their homes from wildfires; children can learn about the dangers of fires and what it takes to become a firefighter. The events are free and take place both near Porterville at 1839 S. Newcomb and Kernville at the Kern River Ranger District Office at 11380 Kernville Road. The events start at 12 noon and continue until 2 p.m. on August 9th.

Smokey Bear has been educating the public on wildfire prevention since 1944.

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