By Karen Huwe
The Times 

Celebrating 80 years of Smokey


March 21, 2024

Karen Huwe

Weller Librarians Sarah Roberts and Jesse Brown, Smokey, and US Forest Service representative Fabian Spencer 

WAITSBURG - "Remember... Only YOU can prevent forest fires," which originated in 1947, is a slogan that children everywhere associate with Smokey the Bear.

The Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign was created in 1944 and is the longest-running public-service advertising campaign in U.S. history. There is a lot of interesting information at, which asks you to celebrate 80 years of Smokey by exploring Smokey's history throughout the generations.

Weller Public Library's Supervisor, Sarah Roberts, and her assistant, Jesse Brown, coordinated with the US Forest Service to bring Sm...

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