Died: September 9, 1976, Beijing, China
Mao Zedong was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China. As the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1949 until his death in 1976.
Pointing out the obvious, Smokey the Bear doesn't issue permits for forest fires yet the reality of a fire season is becoming the norm for many communities. What happens when it's no longer a "season" and burns all year-round??
Thorny, the burning bush is an allusion to some God-speak that reminds me of the Orwellian Newspeak.