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Happy Birthday Smokey the Bear

Smokey the Bear (aka Smokey Bear) is 65 today. Congratulations Smokey!

I certainly appreciate the impact of the most successful marketing campaign ever on preventing wildlife fire. Nonetheless I have mixed feelings about the impact of 65+ years of wildfire suppression on ecological systems, blurring of the urban/wildland interface, and the costs associated with massive fire suppression efforts. Anyway today is a day for celebration and I don’t want to rain (or be a wet blanket) on Smokey’s birthday.

Learn more about wildfire with this handy widget from the Ad Council, the USDA Fire Service, and the National Association of State Foresters.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.