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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Only You

Important announcement:

Since many areas of the Pacific Northwest are experiencing high to very high fire danger predicted to extend throughout the summer and likely into the fall, Mt. Hood National Forest fire personnel are encouraging visitors to take precautions to prevent human-caused wildfires. "Dry fuel conditions on the Mt. Hood National Forest are well ahead of historical trends," said Dirk Shupe, Assistant Forest Fire Management Officer for the Mt. Hood National Forest. "Some visitors think they can ignore the Public Use Restrictions in place as weather changes and temperatures temporarily decrease, however, just one spark can ignite quickly and start a wildfire in these conditions.”

Human causes, such as abandoned and illegal campfires, and target shooting are responsible for the majority of wildfires on the Mt. Hood National Forest. Of thirty wildfires reported this year, only one was started by lightning. Fire personnel have been occupied extinguishing 200 abandoned campfires in the past several weeks.

Now through August 21st, a multi-agency national Fire Prevention and Education Team, comprised of professionals from the U.S. Forest Service and the Georgia Forestry Commission in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management and other federal, state and local agencies will visit dispersed camp sites, historic sites, campgrounds and other areas around the Mt. Hood National Forest to assist with educating visitors about the restrictions and how they can protect lives and property from wildfire.

Fitting the news was posted on this particular date:

Smokey's debut poster was released on August 9, 1944, which is considered the character's birthday. Overseen by the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Campaign (CFFP), the first poster was illustrated by Albert Staehle. In it Smokey was depicted wearing jeans and a campaign hat, pouring a bucket of water on a campfire. The message underneath reads, "Smokey says – Care will prevent 9 out of 10 forest fires!" Knickerbocker Bears gained the license to produce Smokey Bear dolls in 1944. Also in 1949, Forest Service worker Rudy Wendelin became the full-time campaign artist and he was considered Smokey Bear's "manager" until Wendelin retired in 1973.

Apropos of nothing, I saw Smokey Bear at the National Zoo in 1972.  As another aside, my favorite philosophy prof was a rare conscientious objector during WWII, and fought forest fires in the West for his alternate service.

Oh, and there's a germane Simpsons clip for everything...


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