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Take the Pledge with Smokey Bear

Take the Pledge with Smokey Bear

It’s Smokey Bear’s 60th birthday today! In honor of this ursine crusader for our forests, may we interest you in taking the “Get Your Smokey On” Wildfire Pledge? At the time of this posting, there are 37 active large wildfires across the country. And to date, almost 4 million acres of forest have burned this year alone. Although most of us have no intention of setting a devastating fire, last year 73,446 wildfires were caused by careless human behavior (as opposed to 12,261 that were caused by lightning). Astonishingly, in 2006, there was a total of 9.8 million acres burned from wildfires.

According to the Smokey Bear website, these are the most common ways in which forest fires caused by human error are started:

1. Unattended debris burning.
2. Equipment fires such as from lawnmowers, ATVs, power equipment.
3. Smoking.
4. Unattended campfires.
5. Children playing with matches or lighters.
6. Fireworks.

So why not wish Smokey a happy birthday by showing your commitment to wildfire prevention? Take the Wildfire Pledge!

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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8:03PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Thanks for these very important reminders...

11:55AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012


8:06PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

keep on going smokey!

9:01AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011


9:39AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

thank you

1:06PM PST on Jan 21, 2011


1:04AM PST on Dec 31, 2010

Thanks for the info.

11:50AM PDT on Apr 16, 2010


12:08PM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

thank you

3:14PM PDT on Mar 25, 2010

I had a neighbor once, who BBQ'd on his back deck. He neglected to put out all of the embers, and by morning, he had a fullfledged fire burning down the back wall of his house. YOU CAN'T EVER BE TOO CAREFUL WITH FIRE!

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