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Smokey the Bear Turns 70 with Tomahawk Birthday Breakfast

08 Aug News

While he doesn’t turn 70 until tomorrow, an iconic safety instructor his birthday celebrated in Tomahawk earlier today.

Smokey the Bear was created back in 1944 making his debut on television August 9 of that year. Since that time he has taught children and adults safety tips and fire prevention nationwide. Most can recite his famous phrase, “Only you can prevent wildfires.”

And at 70 years old Smokey has embraced social media with more than 300,000 friends on Facebook and 24,000 Twitter followers.

Earlier today DNR officials were at the Tomahawk Public Library for Smokey the Bear’s Birthday Breakfast. Participants enjoyed donates while learning about the history of Smokey and some fire prevention tips.