Going to Greater Heights to Prevent Wildfires
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Welcome to the Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon

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.



09/21/23 06:00 AM to 09/24/23 11:00 AM

Montague Balloon Festival - Hot-air Balloon - more >>

09/21/23 06:00 AM to 09/24/23 11:00 AM

Ruby Mountain Festival - Hot-air Balloon--Problem!!!! this year. - more >>

09/29/23 06:00 AM to 10/01/23 11:00 AM

Farmington Balloon Rally - Hot-air Balloon - more >>



Apr 18, 2020

Virus cancellations.




Corporate sponsors, companies, individuals and voluntary contributors make up the major portion of support for the Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon, Inc. Please consider donating time, money, or sponsoring us.

We are in need of a new balloon! Hot Air Balloon envelopes have a limited life span and our current balloon is close to end-of-life. Special shape hot air balloons are very expensive and we need your help with donations to get a new one, click below and please donate today!

only you can prevent wildfires

Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires

While at home or on camping trips, follow these important safety tips. How to Pick Your Campfire Spot | How to Prepare Your Campfire Pit | How to Build Your Campfire | How to Maintain & Extinguish Your Campfire | For more information on how you can prevent wirldfires visit

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