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Missoula celebrating Smokey Bear's 75th birthday

Posted at 7:21 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 17:13:50-04
Smokey Bear Takes to the Air in Missoula

An iconic symbol of wildfire prevention is on display for all of Missoula to see on Friday morning.

The icon is turning 75 years old and to celebrate there's a 97 foot tall balloon in the Garden City.

The festivities began at 6:30 a.m. at Stegner Field at Sentinel High School.

Everyone is invited to come see the balloon and take pictures in the basket.

Starting at At 8 a.m., you can raise your voice to sing happy birthday to Smokey and enjoy some birthday treats and goodies.

There will also be wildland firefighters there from the Lolo National Forest, Montana Department of Natural Resources, and the Bureau of Land Management.