Smokey Bear Makes Appearance at International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Smokey Bear made an appearance at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday, October 3.

This footage, posted by Kyle Seeley on Twitter, shows Smokey ready to take flight, surrounded by other hot air balloons. The popular bear is regarded by many as a symbol of wildfire prevention, according to its official website.

According to the official festival website, 548 balloons were registered to participate in the fiesta, which will run until October 10. Credit: Kyle Seeley via Storyful

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