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2008-12-31 20:22:27

A Florida fire chief said a 6-foot-tall wooden Smokey Bear cut-out was stolen from outside of his fire station. Fire Chief Michael Carver of the Hortense Volunteer Fire Department said the handcrafted Smokey Bear was stolen Friday night from where it had been bolted to a wildfire danger sign outside of the station, the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union reported Wednesday. Smokey the Bear is missing. He's gone, and we would love to have him back home where he belongs, Carver said. Chief Ranger...

2008-07-23 00:00:29

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Adam Deem holds the cub he found in burned brush in Shasta- Trinity National Forest. Lil' Smokey's paws were badly burned and his left eye was singed. Adam Deem was driving through burned brush in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding when he spotted a black bear cub teetering oddly in the middle of the road. It was Thursday morning, weeks into the state's fire siege. Deem, a forester with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, grabbed a...

2008-07-18 06:00:29

By Chris Bowman, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--If every cloud has a silver lining, what good can be said of the big brown dome of wildfire smoke that capped much of California these past few weeks? Plenty, say ecologists who study the effects of fire on the landscape. While the siege of lightning-sparked fires continues to inundate parts of Northern California with hazardously smoky air, the blazes also consumed more than 1,400 square miles of dangerously overgrown forests and...