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Deja vu: Bear cub rescued from fire; flown for treatment

Cinder, a badly burned, 35 pound, female bear cub, is put into a crate by Washington State Fish and Wildlife bear and cougar specialist Rich Beausoleil at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee, Wash., on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. The cub was flown in a small, private airplane piloted by Bill Inman of Seattle, headed for a wildlife rehabilitation location in Lake Tahoe. The bear was burned recently in a wildfire in the Methow Valley. (Don Seabrook / The Wenatchee World)
Cinder, a badly burned, 35 pound, female bear cub, is put into a crate by Washington State Fish and Wildlife bear and cougar specialist Rich Beausoleil at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee, Wash., on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. The cub was flown in a small, private airplane piloted by Bill Inman of Seattle, headed for a wildlife rehabilitation location in Lake Tahoe. The bear was burned recently in a wildfire in the Methow Valley. (Don Seabrook / The Wenatchee World)

WILDLIFE -- The story of Cinder, the badly burned 37-pound black bear cub rescued Monday from the Carlton Complex fires in northcentral Washington (top) has a very similar ring to another true story that bloomed into a national forest campaign.

The legacy of Smokey Bear is celebrating its 70th anniversary of fire prevention messages this year. 




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