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Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Fire Program
Release Date: 08/08/14
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen    
  EMDD Public Affairs    
News Release No. 140807A

BLM and Smokey Bear offer free movie tickets for kids

MILES CITY, Mont. --- Smokey Bear turns 70 this year, and to celebrate the BLM will be giving away 100 free tickets to kids for the movie “Planes: Fire and Rescue” this Sunday, Aug. 10 at the Montana Theater in Miles City.

            The BLM Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Fire Program, Custer County Fire Department and Fire Safe Montana is hosting the matinee which will show at 2:00 p.m. Smokey Bear and his firefighting friends will be giving away the tickets and talking about fire prevention beginning at 1:30 p.m. outside the Montana Theater.

            “This is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about wildland firefighting and to come over and wish Smokey Bear happy birthday,” said BLM Fire Mitigation Specialist Carmen Thomason. “This is also chance for fire fighters to say “thank you” to the public for doing their part in preventing human-caused fires.”

            The character Smokey Bear has been the focal point of the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history. Since 1944 the Ad Council, ad agency FCB West and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service have helped Smokey deliver his well-known message: “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.” Smokey is giving out “bear hugs” online to reward and thank those that take steps to help prevent wildfires. More information about Smokey is on the web at:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Fire Program   111 Garryowen Rd.      Miles City, MT 59301  

Last updated: 08-08-2014