Welcome to the new home page of the Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon. We hope you find our site interesting and educational. Each time the Smokey Bear Balloons become visible, a dream is realized -- the dream of a new and exciting way to deliver the message of preventing unwanted wildfires. Don't forget to join us on Facebook!
Going to Greater Heights to Prevent Wildfires
Whether it's at a balloon event, a county or state fair, or at one of hundreds of conservation-oriented forestry seminars given across America each year, the Smokey Bear Balloons are truly teachers. By 2003, this image of fire prevention was seen by an estimated 258 million people, appearing as a special shape in the sky, tethered in urban and rural parks, and on television.
Each time the Smokey Bear Balloon appears, it stimulates the imagination and curiosity of younger generations about Smokey Bear, which can lead to important and probing questions. Older generations familiar with Smokey Bear's history are challenged to answer these questions and are instantly reminded of wildfire lessons of the past. No matter where they are seen, the Smokey Bear Balloons have touched the hearts of every child and adult as evidenced by tears, cheers, and applause. The Smokey Bear Balloons are field-tested at every event, at every seminar, and at every given opportunity.