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OK-FIRE System Improves Fire Managers' Knowledge

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:16:35 CST

OK-FIRE System Improves Fire Managers' Knowledge
Oklahoma State University and the Noble Foundation will host two workshops in Ardmore, Okla., to inform people about OK-FIRE capabilities. OK-FIRE is a weather-based decision support system which has been developed for wildland fire managers throughout Oklahoma. Applications include both wildfire and prescribed fire.

The first workshop will provide a brief summary about OK-FIRE and will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Noble Foundation's Kruse Auditorium.

The second workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, Business Room 204. It is a more thorough training involving participants through hands-on, computer-based activities.

The workshops are designed to help firemen, emergency managers, landowners, public agency personnel and other interested parties learn how to use several aspects of the OK-FIRE website to help prevent, predict and control wildfires, as well as plan safe and effective prescribed burns. Both workshops will be conducted by J.D. Carlson, Ph.D., associate researcher with the OSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.

These two workshops are free and open to anyone associated with wildland fire. Preregistration is required. OK-FIRE products utilize the Oklahoma Mesonet, the state's automated weather station network, and the National Weather Service's 84-hour North American Mesoscale (NAM) model.

For more information and to register for the workshops, please contact Elaina Wright at elaina.wright@okstate.edu or 405.744.5425.



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