• Fire safety isn’t just for Smokey Bear – it’s your job, too! Nine out of ten wildfires in Michigan are caused by humans. Follow these tips to prevent wildfires:

  • Debris burning

    Debris Burning:

    Never leave a fire unattended

    Always keep a shovel, metal bucket and water source nearby

    Make sure you have permission to burn (burn permit)

    Keep your fire small and manageable – no larger than three feet high and three feet wide

    Do not burn on windy days or during periods of dry weather

    Consider composting or recycling yard waste instead of burning

    Your fire should be at least 10 feet away from logs, stumps or debris. Remember to make sure no branches are hanging overhead.

  • Fire break due to firewise landscaping

    At Home:

    Consider Firewise landscaping:

    Create a “fire-free” area around your home. Trim branches, mow the lawn regularly and remove dead vegetation near the home.

    Use non-flammable landscaping materials and high-moisture content plants. Water plants, trees and mulch regularly.

    Create “fuel breaks”, like driveways and walkways, in your yard.

  • A woman stirring ashes to ensure the fire is out.

    At Camp:

    Never leave a fire unattended

    Always keep a shovel, metal bucket and water source nearby

    Build your fire in a fire ring or on mineral soil

    When finished with your fire, douse it thoroughly with water, stir the ashes and douse again. Repeat until cool.

    Soak all used fireworks in water before discarding.

Smokey appearances

Smokey Bear on top of the Mackinac Bridge
Smokey Bear is turning 75 this year! Wish him a happy birthday at these events:
  • Curtis Parade

    See Smokey in the Curtis Parade

  • Paradise Parade

    See Smokey in the Paradise Parade

  • Newberry Parade

    See Smokey in the Newberry Parade

  • Sleepy Hollow State Park

    Visit Smokey at Sleepy Hollow State Park!

  • 906 Fest

    Walkthrough and learn about fire prevention. Take a photo with Smokey!

  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park Harvest Festival

    Visit Smokey at the Harvest Festival

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