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Of course that only lasted a second once Smokey the Bear entered the room wearing his personalized ranger hat, blue jeans and belt. The children and Smokey the Bear soon became fast friends.

Stacy Lacey from the Deschutes National Forest and Smokey the Bear visited with the children at the Early Childhood program in Crook County to share Smokey’s five rules: 1) Only you can prevent wildfires 2) Always be careful with fire 3) Never play with matches or lighters 4) Always watch your campfire and 5) Make sure your campfire is completely out before leaving it.

Smokey the Bear is America’s wildfire prevention icon. He has educated generations of Americans about their role in preventing human-caused wildfires. Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in U.S. History