KITTERY — Kittery, Maine, can boast something that no other New England community has: A life-sized Smokey Bear.

A statue of the national icon created to remind people to prevent forest fires is being unveiled today at the Kittery Visitors Center as Smokey the Bear celebrates his 68th birthday.

The statue was installed by the Maine Department of Transportation and has a fire danger sign next to it to inform visitors about the current wildfire danger conditions.

Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, who is the commissioner designee of the new Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, will be attending along with representatives from the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Tourism Association.

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