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New Germany State Park Celebrates Smokey Bearís Birthday

New Germany State Park Celebrates Smokey Bearís Birthday

Grantsville, Md. (August 18, 2011) —Smokey Bear celebrated his 67th birthday last week, with guests of all ages participating in a fun, fire safety education program at New Germany State Park.

“Smokey Bear enjoyed meeting everyone who came out for his birthday and even presented each person with a special gift,” said Maryland Forest Ranger Randy Kamp. “Everyone who attended was very involved but a special note goes out to the children, they were extremely attentive and knowledgeable.”

Ranger Kamp spoke with visitors about wildfire prevention and the history of the Forest Service. Following the program, visitors were invited to share a birthday cake with Smokey.

For 67 years, Smokey Bear has reminded us that we can all make a difference by remembering five simple words: “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.” For more information on upcoming programs at New Germany State Park, contact 301-895-5453 or

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service responds to an average of 660 wildfires that burn 3,600 acres annually. Nearly all wildfires in Maryland are started by people. Debris or open-air burning is the leading cause of wildfires in the State and accounts for over 30 percent of wildfire starts. For complete information on the open air burning regulations visit our website at

For more information on Smokey Bear, visit

   August 18, 2011

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