Smokey Bear to Welcome Moviegoers at "Planes: Fire and Rescue" Movie, July 18

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715; Lisa Swinney 541-947-6261

Klamath Falls, Oregon – Smokey Bear will be at Pelican Cinemas in Klamath Falls, Oregon, greeting moviegoers attending the July 18 afternoon showing of Disney's movie "Planes: Fire and Rescue.”

“The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) thought the release of this movie was a unique opportunity to teach kids about the importance of wildland fire safety and thechallenges that firefighters face, both in the air and on the ground,” said Kelli Kuska, Fire Prevention and Education Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District.
From 11 a.m. to noon, children will be able to have their pictures taken with Smokey Bear and participate in educational activities before heading into seeing the movie. Also, various SCOFMP fire trucks will be on display in the theatre parking lot unless needed for fire suppression activities.
In addition, Tanker 61 Memorial volunteers will be staffing a booth that pays tribute to the Klamath Falls pilot and co-pilot, Chuck Sheridan and Leonard Martin, who died when the Douglas DC-7 Airtanker they flew crashed while fighting a wildfire. The tanker was stationed at the Klamath Falls Airtanker Base from 1987 through 1992.
A sequel to Disney’s Planes,“Planes: Fire & Rescue”is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. For more information on the movie, visit:
SCOFMP consists of all federal and state wildland fire responders in south central Oregon including the BLM Lakeview District; Fremont-Winema National Forest; Klamath-Lake District Oregon Department of Forestry; Crater Lake National Park; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Complex and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.