It takes a lot more than just water to put out fires. Wildfires continue to strain government resources throughout California.

With bigger, more expensive fires gobbling up more resources, less money is available to pay for things like forest health and fire prevention.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Spending 5 October,2017Mark Fiore

  • Woodsy

    Heh. When I was a young wildland firefighter, I had a slightly different perspective. I’d imagine those DC-3’s coming in low and dropping $5 bills on us for overtime fighting the fire (1970+ so pay was, I think, about $2.75/hr). Still the more modern perspective of the cartoon is correct. It’s an endless pile of money to put them out. Rather than trying different approaches (prescribed burning, thinning near communities) they just keep giving money for suppression. Short sighted.


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Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured regularly on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site,  His work has appeared on,,,, and NPR’s web site.  Fiore’s political animation has appeared on CNN, Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal, and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.

Beginning his professional life by drawing traditional political cartoons for newspapers, Fiore’s work appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times.  In the late 1990s, he began to experiment with animating political cartoons and, after a short stint at the San Jose Mercury News as their staff cartoonist, Fiore devoted all his energies to animation.
Growing up in California, Fiore also spent a good portion of his life in the backwoods of Idaho.  It was this combination that shaped him politically.  Mark majored in political science at Colorado College, where, in a perfect send-off for a cartoonist, he received his diploma in 1991 as commencement speaker Dick Cheney smiled approvingly.
Mark Fiore was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 2010, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2004 and has twice received an Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online News Association (2002, 2008).  Fiore has received two awards for his work in new media from the National Cartoonists Society (2001, 2002), and in 2006 received The James Madison Freedom of Information Award from The Society of Professional Journalists.

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