Operational since 2006, OK-FIRE (http://www.mesonet.org/index.php/okfire) is a weather-based decision-support system for wildland fire management. OK-FIRE uses the Oklahoma Mesonet for current/recent conditions and an 84-hour forecast to predict weather, fire danger, and smoke dispersion conditions out to three days in the future. Accordingly, with respect to wildfire, OK-FIRE is useful for monitoring not only current fire danger conditions, but also, with its predictive component, for suppression strategies on existing fires and assessing fire danger potential over the next three days, which can aid in determining staffing levels. With respect to prescribed fire, the system can be used to safely plan for and monitor conditions during a prescribed burn.
Registration is required and can be done by clicking the button above, or by contacting Monica Mattox, 405-325-1788, 405-325-2541. Applications will be accepted up through the Friday before each workshop or until space is filled up, whichever occurs sooner. There is no cost for the workshops, aside from travel costs to and from the location. More information about each workshop (including directions) will be sent out the Monday before each workshop date. Workshops will be filled on a first register, first served basis. Please note again that these workshops are designed only for those who directly or indirectly work with wildland fire, and only those who fall into these categories should register.
Attendees will learn about fire weather, fire danger, and smoke dispersion products available on OK-FIRE, how to use them, and how to access past, current, and forecast values via maps, charts, and tables. Wildfire, prescribed fire, and smoke applications will be covered.