Happy 70th Birthday, Smokey Bear!

Fire Fighter

Smokey Bear is celebrating 70 years preventing forest fires. Keep up the good work!

Aug 8, 2014 | 05:14 PM

Smokey Bear, also known to many as Smokey the Bear, is celebrating his 70th birthday this Saturday. 

The super recognizable and totally lovable bear—who wears an epic hat has been an inspiration to many, including Pharrell—was created, as AP explained, in "1944 because of fears that America's enemies would set forest fires while most U.S. firefighters were in battle overseas."

Even after that threat subsided, Smokey Bear stayed on, famously proclaiming that "only you can prevent forest fires." Since he premiered, Smokey has become one of the most notable bears in pop culture, and inspired campers, hikers, and tourists alike to be careful when handling fire in the woods. Now 70 years later, he's just as influencial as ever. 

However, it's best to avoid candles on his birthday cake. Maybe we should invest in these? Either way, Happy birthday, Smokey!

To celebrate, we've compiled some of the surprisingly social media-savvy bear's tweets and retweets. See how Smokey Bear has transformed over the years!







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