Smokey Bear is one of Ruidoso’s most famous residents. He was born in the Capitan Mountains and has been living in Ruidoso since 1950. Smokey represents the importance of fire prevention, and his message has been shared with people all around the world. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at Smokey Bear’s history and how he came to represent Ruidoso, NM!

Smokey Bear was originally created by the United States Forest Service (USFS) in 1944. His purpose was to raise awareness about the dangers of forest fires. Smokey’s message was simple: “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” The USFS used Smokey Bear in their advertising campaigns and he quickly became one of the most recognizable characters in America.

In 1950, a fire started in Ruidoso near Smokey’s home in the Capitan Mountains. Smokey Bear played a vital role in helping to extinguish the fire. After the fire was extinguished, Ruidoso officials asked if they could adopt Smokey as their town mascot. The USFS agreed, and Smokey Bear has been representing Ruidoso ever since!

Every year, Capitan, NM hosts the “Smokey Bear Stampede” rodeo in honor of their famous resident. The event is a great way to learn more about Smokey Bear and his important message. If you’re ever in Ruidoso, be sure to check it out! Thanks for reading and learning about Smokey Bear’s history. Until next time, stay safe and prevent forest fires!

If you’re ever in Ruidoso, be sure to check it out! Thanks for reading and learning about Smokey Bear’s history. Until next time, stay safe and prevent Forest fires!

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