Smokey's 75th birthday, firefighters celebrate fire prevention e

Smokey's 75th birthday, firefighters celebrate fire prevention efforts

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Smokey the Bear celebrated his 75th birthday Friday, August 9. "Smokey Backs our Firefighters" celebrated the bear and volunteer firefighters across West Texas over the weekend.

They're usually the first ones one scene and sometimes the only first responders in rural areas. 

"Smokey's original prevention campaign is 'only you can prevent forest fires.' But We're seeing wildfires across the United States and all different fuels, so we want everyone to be careful in all of our environments, so it's now 'only you can prevent wildfires,'" Richard Gray, with the Texas A&M Forest Service, said. 

Multiple departments showed off their trucks. There was also a "Fill the Boot" to collect donations for the departments. 

 

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