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Smokey Bear celebrates 65th birthday

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - He's one of the most iconic images of all times, and his mission at promoting fire safety has been going strong for 65 years. Today Smokey Bear is celebrating his 65th birthday.

The bear, who's correct name is "smokey bear" and not "smokey the bear" has helped bring attention to forest fires for years.

His slogan "Only YOU can prevent wildfires" has been embedded into our heads for years, but this year he has a new message. He's asking Americans to "Get Their Smokey On."

"He's probably the most well known advertisement we have. Anyone who sees a picture of a bear with a shovel smokey bear automatically comes to mind. I have a 16-year old son and he knows who smokey the bear is," said Keith Ambrose, Captain at the Albany Fire Department.

The bear has the longest running public service campaign in U.S. history according to the National Forest Service and National Ad Council.

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