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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!

Rick Morgan

Yep! You are correct... we did visit the Smokey Bear Historical Park.

What an interesting and informative place to learn more about the little guy who became the mascot for the United States Forest Service Prevent Wildfires Campaign.

Now why do we care about this? Hmmmm…could it be the countless times as camp hosts we have put out roaring fires left by uninformed campers, or the innumerable times we have arrived at a camp site to find a smoldering fire when the fire danger is at “severe” or possibly because we are from Colorado and have experienced more than our fair share of raging wildfires started from a careless smoker, or have seen so many of our beautiful lands destroyed by irresponsible humans? Sorry for the rant!


Smokey, born in 1950 in the Lincoln National Forest near Capitan, New Mexico was found clinging to a tree, badly burned when he was about two months old. He was brought back to health in the Santa Fe area, and then transferred to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. where he became a huge hit with kids of all ages. Smokey was admired, the public loved and responded to his message and for 26 years he lived a healthy, and some would say, a productive life sharing his message. In 1976 he died, and by the urging of his many friends he was returned to the beautiful Capitan Mountains where he was born. 


He now rests in the Historical Park bearing his name.

Yep, we care and are grateful for what Smokey stands for and the positive impact his message has had and continues to have on behalf of our beautiful lands.


The sunset  was a nice finish to the day.