HAMILTON, Mont. -

One of the most iconic symbols of our forests and wild lands has reached a milestone year. Smokey Bear is celebrating his 70th birthday.

Smokey has been busy with appearances and interviews all over the country.

His friends and colleagues at the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor's Office in Hamilton threw a birthday party for him Friday.

Since 1944, Smokey has been educating the public about the dangers of forest and wildland fires. And he continues working.