Close Happy 70th birthday Smokey Bear! It's been 70 years since Smokey Bear began his career fighting forest fires. Let's take a look back at how this iconic bear has evolved since his debut in 1944. WBIR 1:35 PM. EDT August 08, 2014 JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Newport Animal Shelter likely to close Scanner audio of the moment the escaped Georgia inmates were captured Terrifying moments that led up inmates' surrender Suspect assaults officers during traffic stop Woman's surprise visit by Crusoe Deputies: Boy kept in harness bolted to floor Newport animal shelter could close Homicide charges for missing woman's daughter Search continues for escaped inmates Pet of the Week: Discounted Pet Adoptions More Stories Smuggling tragedy: 8 dead, 30 hospitalized after hot… Jul 23, 2017, 3:32 a.m. Another warm and humid day with increasing chances… Dec 10, 2015, 10:15 a.m. Authorities respond to fatal crash in South Knox County Jul 23, 2017, 9:05 a.m.