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It’s Smokey Bear’s Birthday!    

August 8, 2019

Baton Rouge, La. (August 8, 2019) – Smokey Bear turns 75 on Friday, August 9, 2019.

“Smokey Bear is an icon representing forest fire prevention,” said Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “Smokey also plays an important role in messaging that promotes wildfire prevention and forest conservation.”

The fictional Smokey Bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service and Ad Council. In 1947, Smokey’s slogan became “Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires!”

In June, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry participated in a Smokey Bear 75th birthday challenge by throwing Smokey a birthday party. Check out the party festivities here: The video can also be viewed at