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Eligible for nomination are individuals, agencies or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the prevention of human-cased wildfires.

Wildfire prevention service includes, but is not limited to: efforts in education, law enforcement and engineering; journalism and media coverage; advertising campaigns; informational programs; training; risk assessment; prescribed fire used for prevention; committee leadership; volunteerism; fundraising; providing support services for fire prevention (e.g., legal services); and individual presentations. Project(s) must have been completed and covered at least a two-year period.

Posthumous awards may be given if the work nominated occurred within the last three years or still has significant influence or long-term, measurable impact on today’s Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention program.

This award is not intended as a retirement or departure recognition award.

Activities relating to fire prevention for structures do not qualify for the Smokey Bear awards. Nominations that primarily focus on developing defensible space, reducing fuels, etc., should be submitted for Wildfire Mitigation Awards.