Purpose of AOP.

This Operating Plan serves as the official document governing the interaction and relationships between the National Weather Service offices that serve South Carolina, and the federal, state and local land management agencies in the state of South Carolina.

Explanation of relationship between AOP and MOU.

This State Operating Plan is issued in lieu of a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the National Weather Service, US Forest Service, SC Forestry Commission, and other land management agencies that rely on fire weather support. The plan will also outline forecast operations and services available to users. This includes products and formats, dissemination and coordination, and the responsibilities of the customers.

This Operating Plan will be the governing document for fire weather procedures and cooperation among the following agencies:

  • National Weather Service
  • US Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • South Carolina Forestry Commission
  • US Army, Department of Defense
  • Savannah River Site
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • The Nature Conservancy

This Operating Plan for Fire Weather Services conforms with the Interagency Agreement for Meteorological Services , valid from 2008 through 2012.

The Southern Area Mobilization Guide and the National Mobilization Guide further define the relationship between the wildland fire agencies and the NWS Incident Meteorologist.

Partners, Customers and Users

Partners, customers and users shall be defined as any person, group, agency or body which uses the products and services provided by the NWS in support of fire operations.