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Lessons in fi re safety Fall 2014 OK-FIRE Workshops Announced


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K-FIRE is pleased to announce its Fall 2014 workshop schedule. Three full-day workshops will be offered at various locations around Oklahoma: Woodward, Altus and Stillwater. Dr. J. D. Carlson, OSU fi re meteorologist and OK- FIRE program manager, will direct these training sessions. The workshops will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with an hour break for lunch) and be held in com- puter labs. Since, in most cases, space is limited for these workshops (typically 15- 25), it is recommended that only a limited number of key people from an individual agency, county organization, or fi re depart- ment register for a given workshop, so as to accommodate as many different types of clientele around the workshop location as possible. OK-FIRE is an operational weather-based decision support system


fi re.mesonet.org) for wildland fi re managers throughout Oklahoma. Users include mul- tiple federal and state agencies as well as lo- cal fi re departments, emergency managers, and private landowners. Using the Oklahoma Mesonet for current/recent con- ditions, OK-FIRE uses an 84-hour numeri- cal forecast for predictions of fi re weather, fi re danger, and smoke dispersion out to three days in the future. With respect to wildfi re, OK-FIRE is useful for monitoring not only current fi re danger conditions, but also, with its predictive component, for sup- pression strategies on existing fi res and as- sessing fi re danger potential over the next three days, which can aid in determining staffi ng levels. With respect to prescribed fire, attendees will learn how to use the


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system to safely plan for and monitor condi- tions during a prescribed burn. The workshops will consist of a combina- tion of presentations and computer lab ex- ercises in which the attendees will get hands-on experience with the OK-FIRE website. Wildfi re and prescribed fi re appli- cations will be covered. In addition to cov- ering the major sections of the website (Weather, Fire, Smoke), other sections such as Satellite and Radar will be discussed, as will topics such as fi re detection by radar and satellite, the relationship of drought to fi re danger, and burn bans. Operational pro- cedures for assessing current and future fi re danger using OK-FIRE will also be covered, as will the popular Fire Prescription Planner, a useful tool for planning a prescribed burn. Registration is required and can be done by contacting Elaina Wright (elaina.wright@ okstate.edu; 405-744-5425; 405-744-5431) at Oklahoma State University and providing her with your name, affi liation, e-mail ad- dress and phone number. Applications will be accepted through the middle of the week prior to each workshop or until space is fi lled up, whichever occurs sooner. There is no cost for the workshops, aside from travel costs to and from the location. More infor- mation about each workshop (including directions) will be sent out 2-4 days before the workshop date. Note that these work- shops are designed for those who either di- rectly work with wildland fi re or work with those who do. Because space is limited, only those who fall into these categories should register. Workshops will be fi lled on a fi rst register, fi rst served basis.


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To register, contact Elaina Wright at 405-744-5425 or 405-744-5431 elaina.wright@okstate.edu


STILLWATER (25) Tuesday, December 16


ALTUS (18) Wednesday, December 10


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