Smoke from a brush fire burning in the Los Padres National Forest drifts over Interstate 5 near Smokey Bear sign, Sept. 2006. Smokey Bear turns 70 this summer. But instead of kicking back in retirement, whacking golf balls or sniffing around for early-bird dinner specials, the bear in bluejeans is returning to work to educate people about wildfires. (Bryan Chan/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Smoke from a brush fire burning in the Los Padres National Forest drifts over Interstate 5 near Smokey Bear sign, Sept. 2006. Smokey Bear turns 70 this summer. But instead of kicking back in retirement, whacking golf balls or sniffing around for early-bird dinner specials, the bear in bluejeans is returning to work to educate people about wildfires. (Bryan Chan/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Bryan Chan
Smoke from a brush fire burning in the Los Padres National Forest drifts over Interstate 5 near Smokey Bear sign, Sept. 2006. Smokey Bear turns 70 this summer. But instead of kicking back in retirement, whacking golf balls or sniffing around for early-bird dinner specials, the bear in bluejeans is returning to work to educate people about wildfires. (Bryan Chan/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Bryan Chan