A full-day training workshop on the OK-FIRE system for wildland fire management will be held at the OSFA State Fire School in Tulsa on Saturday, May 4. The workshop will feature 6 hours of training and consist of a combination of presentations and computer exercises in which attendees will get hands-on experience with the website. It will be led by OSU fire meteorologist Dr. J. D. Carlson, OK-FIRE Program Manager. The location will be Tulsa Community College's Northeast Campus and the workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Registration is required, but is free and can be done by clicking:
Scroll down to Saturday, May 4 and you will find "Using OK-FIRE for Wildland Fire Management in Oklahoma (73058)" listed beginning at the 10 a.m. time slot. Click "Event Info" to find out more about the course and if any openings still exist (we are limited to 25 people). If you wish to register, click the small box to the left of the course title. Do the same for any other courses you wish to take during other days of the Fire School. After selecting your courses, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Register Online" at the bottom right. Please note you need not attend the entire Fire School (May 2-5); you can register for just the OK-FIRE workshop on Saturday.
You will need to bring a tablet (with a large enough screen) or laptop computer. The current website works best on laptop. Smartphones are discouraged due to their small screens and difficulty in navigating the website. Wireless internet access will be available as will power outlets to keep your device charged, so please bring your power cord to keep your device working throughout the day.
Attendees will learn about the 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. The workshop will be useful for anyone involved in wildfire suppression or prescribed burning, or who works with clientele who engage in these wildland fire activities.
Dr. J. D. Carlson
OK-FIRE Program Manager
Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering
Oklahoma State University