Smokey Bear appears at International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Smokey Bear appeared on Sunday, October 3 at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These images, posted by Kyle Seeley on Twitter, show Smokey ready to fly surrounded by other hot air balloons. According to the official website, the popular bear is considered by many to be a symbol of wildfire prevention. According to the official festival website, 548 balloons were registered to participate in the celebration, which will last until October 10. Credit: Kyle Seeley via Storyful

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