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connec t ion “If it is going to be a high fire danger day, they need to have their staff ready to go,” Carlson said. “When a wildfire is going on, they can use OK-FIRE to look at current weather and fire danger conditions monitored by the Mesonet. Fire managers can look at the 84-hour weather and fire danger forecasts to see how that will impact fire management decisions. So if a wind shift or cold front is coming through, firefighters can be safely moved to better attack the wildfire.” For prescribed burners, the Fire Prescription Planner allows them to input their own prescription criteria based on what are considered safe burning conditions. “Before starting a burn, they should monitor the current Mesonet weather conditions over the course of the burn to see if the conditions are still suitable for the burn,” Carlson said. “The 84-hour forecast is updated every six hours and can change, so they should use it right up to the time they are ready to burn.” Volume 3 — Issue 2 — February 2012 www.mesonet.org With parts of Oklahoma still in an extended drought and with warmer months ahead, the increased risk of a wildfire outbreak weighs heavily on the minds of emergency managers and firefighters. Concerns also arise from prescribed burners about knowing when the best time is to burn. The Oklahoma Mesonet’s OK-FIRE program was created to help meet the needs of these communities through workshops and online tools. “There are two major types of applications for OK-FIRE, one having to do with those who anticipate and suppress wildfires, like fire departments,” said J.D. Carlson, OK-FIRE program manager. “The other is for those who conduct prescribed burns, such as landowners.” An 84-hour weather forecast is used in conjunction with the fire danger models to help give an idea of what the fire danger levels will be over the next three days. Emergency managers and firefighters can then prepare for the amount of staff they may need on a given day. –by Stephanie Bowen Meeting the Needs of Oklahomans Participants in the OK-FIRE workshop in Stillwater, Okla., on December 19, 2011, complete computer exercises to learn more about the OK-FIRE tools available to them.
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Climatological Survey, Oklahoma
|Okla Agency Code||'760'|
|Title||Mesonet connection, 02/2012, v.3 no.2|
Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
|Purpose||Meeting the Needs of Oklahomans With parts of Oklahoma still in an extended drought and with warmer months ahead, the increased risk of a wildfire outbreak weighs heavily on the minds of emergency managers and firefighters. Concerns also arise from prescribed burners about knowing when the best time is to burn. The Oklahoma Mesonet's OK-FIRE program was created to help meet the needs of these communities through workshops and online tools.|
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