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Smokey the bear holding a birthday cake

New Germany State Park to Celebrate Smokey Bear’s Birthday

Grantsville, Md. (August 2, 2012) - Smokey Bear invites guests of all ages to help him celebrate his 68th birthday with cake and a fun, fire safety education program at 7 p.m. on August 11 at New Germany State Park.

“For 68 years, Smokey Bear has reminded us that we can all make a difference by remembering five simple words: Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” said Wade Dorsey, Savage River State Forest manager. “His message has taught countless campers the importance of safe burning practices and has helped to prevent wildfires across the nation.”

Dorsey will speak with visitors about wildfire prevention and the history of the Forest Service. Guests will also learn safe camping and fire burning methods, which as Smokey reminds, could mean the difference between a fun camping trip and a disastrous forest fire.

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, Marylander’s should visit dnr.maryland.gov/forests/fire/.

More information on this event is available by calling the park at 301-895-5453 or emailing PARK-NEW-GERMANY@dnr.state.md.us.


   August 2, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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