Smokey the Bear statue unveiled in Kittery, Maine

Kittery can boast something that no other New England community has: a life-sized Smokey the Bear. A statue of the mascot of the US Forest Service was unveiled Thursday at the Kittery Visitors Center as Smokey the Bear celebrates his 68th birthday as a reminder to the public to help prevent forest fires. The statue was installed by the Maine Department of Transportation and has a fire danger sign next to it to inform visitors about the current wildfire danger. Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb — who is the commissioner designee of the new Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry — attended along with representatives from the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Tourism Association.

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