Rise from the Ashes with Smokey The Bear!

Posted on Aug 17 2016 - 12:39pm by Susan Bewley


Are you going camping soon? Make sure to see what Smokey the Bear has to say to keep you & your family safe!

A campfire can be one of the best parts of camping, or provide necessary warmth to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Unlike many natural disasters, most wildfires are caused by people—and can be prevented by people, too! Right now, a wildfire burning out of control in mountains and foothills east of Los Angeles has forced authorities to order three school districts to cancel classes due to heavy smoke and dangerous conditions.

The time for this message has never been more important than it is right now!

The new “Rise from the Ashes” campaign, created by the Ad Council and NASF, uses wildfire ashes as an artistic medium to illustrate the devastation caused by wildfires and highlight lesser known wildfire starts:

  • Improperly extinguished fire pit
  • Dumping ashes from a BBQ/grill
  • Metal chains hanging from a moving vehicle
  • Parking over tall, dry grass
  • Dying embers left in a campfire
  • Fueling lanterns
  • Stoves & Heaters
  • Flammable liquids for lanterns and heaters
  • Cigarettes and Matches
  • Burning yard waste in windy conditions

Millions of wildland acres will burn unintentionally this year. Much of it because most people are unaware of many things that can actually start a wild fire – things that most people would never think of.

Smokey The Bear #OnlyYou #SmokeyBearHug

Although progress has been made, accidental, human-caused wildfires remain one of the most critical environmental issues affecting the U.S. Smokey’s message is as relevant today as it was in 1944 and he continues to have an incredible impact on our country.

Although most of us don’t behave this way intentionally, each year we learn of devastating wildfires caused by careless behavior which can impact millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes. Although four out of five wildfires are started by people, nature is usually more than happy to help fan the flames.

Smokey The Bear #OnlyYou #SmokeyBearHug

The time is NOW! “Education is a critical part of reducing the number of unwanted, human-caused wildfires we experience every year,”- U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Jim Hubbard. Please – get the word out and remind your friends and family! Share this message, your own camping tips, and fire prevention methods on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SmokeyBearHug and #OnlyYou! And if you tag @smokey_bear on Twitter – he may just tweet you back!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Dotty J Boucher August 17, 2016 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I just got back from camping and it was so much fun! While their we got to meet Smokey the Bear and he was able to teach our little ones about being safe and why we must protect our forest..

  2. Rosie August 19, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    This is good information. I don’t think most people realize what a tinder box being out in the woods can be, it doesn’t take much.

  3. Amy Green August 20, 2016 at 12:44 am - Reply

    I have always absolutely loved the television commercials I watched growing up that featured Smokey The Bear. I think they should have made him have a cartoon series that would feature forest adventures with an educational slant. They could teach kids the importance of safety, and taking care of animals and the environment.

  4. donna porter August 20, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    This is some great information since we do go camping. I will pass this info. on to my fellow campers!

  5. Sarah L August 21, 2016 at 3:50 am - Reply

    I’ve lived and camped all over Colorado and have always been super aware of fire.

  6. Kara Marks August 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Good reminders, esp. this time of yr. The Calif. fires have been so sad.

  7. Maria Appleby August 22, 2016 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Timely and informative article! I can remember family camping trips as a child, my dad was so careful with camp fires and lanterns and was constantly teaching us about it!

  8. Lisa F. August 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    It’s been cool seeing these commercials running. Everyone needs to remember the impact we have on our surroundings.

  9. Renee Walters September 29, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    This is good information. Common sense when it comes to these things matters too. I hope people are more careful.

  10. lisa November 25, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Those are good tips.People can be careless.Luckily, I’ve never been in a fire, and am always mindful when we have outdoor fires.

  11. Deborah D December 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I learned a lot reading this post. Thank you!

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