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Author(s): Vicki Christiansen
Year Published: 2019

Like many of us at the Forest Service, I started my career in fire, and I have always relied on Smokey Bear. Fire prevention is part of our cultural DNA. It started with Gifford Pinchot, the first Forest Service Chief. In his 1905 Use Book for line officers, Pinchot noted that “care with small fires is the best way to prevent large ones” (Pinchot 1905). He instructed line officers to “cheerfully and politely” teach visitors about safe fire use. [more]

Citation: Christiansen, Victoria. 2019. Smokey's legacy. Fire Management Today 77(2):4-5.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 20256
FRAMES RCS number: 58513
Record updated: Nov 5, 2019