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Smokey the Bear turns 70

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Before his big birthday, Smokey had a play date with the California bear. (Source: KMAX/CNN) Before his big birthday, Smokey had a play date with the California bear. (Source: KMAX/CNN)

SACRAMENTO, CA (KMAX/CNN) - Happy birthday Smokey Bear!

The beloved public service icon known to many as "Smokey the Bear," turns 70 on Saturday.

And you can bet with his mandate to educate people about preventing forest fires he'll be the first to blow out his 70 candles!

Before the big birthday he had a play date with the California bear on the steps of the state capitol building in Sacramento.

The two bears posed for pictures with the California state flag.

He was created by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council.

His first public service poster came out on Aug. 9, 1944.

And his famous slogan, "remember, only you can prevent forest fires," came later, in 1947.

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