Wildfire Prevention

Wildfire prevention for both children and adults is an important and effective program in New Hampshire to help aid in mitigating the danger and potential destruction caused by wildfires.  As Smokey Bear has taught us for over 70 years, 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans.  Since this sobering statistic remains true today, each of us has to be personally responsible as Smokey says “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” requiring us all to do our part in reducing the incidence of wildfire in NH.  This involves the use of many tools including fire permits, public service announcements, wildfire education programs in our schools and even using equipment and prescribed fire for managing volatile forest fuels in some regions of the state.  The National Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Program (CFFP) was established in 1942 by the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with the Wartime Advertising Council.  In 1944, the program first utilized the image of a bear to provide the fire prevention message and for over 70 years, Smokey Bear has been the face of wildfire prevention in the United States.  Smokey’s message continues to be disseminated by the Ad Council on both radio and television and his image is protected by federal law.   

Smokey Bear visits with NASCAR fans at the New Hampshire International speedway

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The Smokey Bear Balloon at the Hillsboro Balloon Festival celebrating Smokey Bear's 70th birthday

Smokey throws the first pitch at a NH Fisher Cats game

To Request a Smokey Bear Appearance or a wildfire Prevention Program please contact your district Forest Ranger or complete the Request for Smokey Appearance form and email it to jennifer.little@dncr.nh.gov


National Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest

The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs coordinates participation in the National Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest with a partnership with the NH Forest Protection Bureau.  This is a national program administered by the National Federation of Garden Clubs, National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.  Contact your local garden club for details on how to get involved!