Longtime Smokey Bear fan spreads fire safety message from Portland

  • Source: KOIN-TV CBS 6 Portland
  • Published: 06/07/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: For nearly 75 years, Smokey Bear has been reminding people about forest fire safety. And with experts predicting this summer to be a bad one for wildfires, an Oregon man is doing his best to get Smokey's message to as many people as possible. Jack Winchell said his mom started collecting Smokey memorabilia when he was just a boy. "She started in the 50s when my sister was a campfire girl I think," Winchell said. "And they would go out and put posters up all over the forest 'don't start fires' with Smokey." Winchell wanted to keep his mother's hobby going after she passed away. But he wanted to put his own twist on it. So he came up with a Smokey Bear banner inspired by a tradition set by Washington State University fans. "I knew the [Cougar] flag went to game day every Saturday around the country and I thought, how did this one guy get to every place in America, and then I found out from my niece that they had a network of people."


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