According to Smokey, 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by people. That’s why it’s so important to be careful with campfires or any kind of fire.
You may have noticed that the grasses along the freeways have dried out. This means a fire can start at the drop of a spark from exhaust, a cigarette, or an ember from a campfire. And the forecast for the next two weeks is warm, dry weather…well, except for those pesky morning clouds in some places.
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Since his ‘birth’ on August 9, 1944, Smokey Bear’s message about wildfire prevention has helped to reduce the number of acres burned annually by wildfires from about 22 million (1944) to an average of 7 million today. Take a look at the real Smokey Bear from 1950.
For many years, DNR has reached out to the public to help us prevent wildfires before they start. Here’s a chance to make wildfire prevention fun for your children. Have them play games with Smokey Bear. These games are an educational tool about wildfire prevention and very cool!
Also parents, don’t forget to be imaginative with Smokey Bear and make it fun for your family to learn about campfire safety. Or maybe you need to remind your partner that you’re not going anywhere until the campfire is completely out and cool to the touch.
Whatever you choose as a teachable moment for wildfire prevention, know that a statewide burn ban is in effect through September 30 on all DNR-protected land, with campfires allowed in approved fire pits only.
Remember, if there’s ever any doubt whether you may have a campfire or not, always contact your area’s DNR Region Office, fire district, or fire department to clarify specific regulations in that area.
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