10-10-19 smokey bear

Forest ranger Doug Miner reads the origin story of Smokey the Bear to youngsters in the Conway Public Library Thursday. Kindergarten classes from Conway Elementary and Robert Frost Charter school attended a visit from the storied bear on his 75th birthday. Rangers greeted the children inside the library, answered questions, talked about fire prevention and read a book about the beginnings of the forest fire prevention mascot. Smokey was a baby bear found alone high up in a tree after a large forest fire. He suffered burns on his paws, belly and back. Forest rangers were able to save him and after rehab flew him around the country to remind Americans that “only you can prevent forest fires.” (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)

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