Smokey Bear celebrates 69th birthday

Smokey Bear celebrated his 69th birthday today to much fan fair. It all began in 1944, when Smokey began spreading his message of fire prevention and he hasn't slowed down since!

He made several "e-appearances" today in honor of the big day and will be making in person appearances all over the country at state and national forests and parks this weekend. On a Twitter birthday chat this afternoon, Smokey answered questions from fans and provided tips on how they could prevent wildfires. And in case you were wondering, his birthday cake this year was organic honey.

Smokey also had the opportunity to reflect on his many years of educating the public in a guest blog on the Huffington Post. Wow! That bear has some great connections!

Join us in wishing Smokey a happy 69th birthday!