Festival to honor Smokey Bear in Capitan

Smokey Bear Days

CAPITAN, N.M. (KRQE)- Capitan is inviting the community to help Smokey Bear celebrate his birthday this upcoming weekend.

The two-day festival starting Friday and continuing on to Saturday is an event filled with family-fun activities and fire prevention education.

It’s honoring the real-life Smokey Bear.

As a cub, he was saved by firefighters during the devastating Capitan Gap wildfire in 1950.

The little black bear rose to international fame and his image has become an icon of fire prevention.