Purpose of the AOP.
This Operating Plan serves as the official document governing the
interaction and relationships between the National Weather Service,
and the federal, state and local natural resource and land
management agencies or cooperators in Virginia.
Explanation of relationship between the AOP and MOU.
This State Operating Plan is issued in lieu of a formal
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the National Weather
Service, federal, state, and other agencies that rely on fire
weather support. The plan will outline forecast operations and
services available to users. This includes products and formats,
dissemination and coordination, and the responsibilities of the
This Operating Plan will be the governing document for fire
weather procedures and cooperation among the following agencies:
- NOAA National Weather Service
- USDA Forest Service
- USDI National Park Service
- USDI Fish and Wildlife Service
- VA Department of Forestry
The Southern Area Mobilization Guide and the National
Mobilization Guide further define the relationship between the
natural resource agencies and the NWS Incident Meteorologist.
This Operating Plan for Fire Weather Services conforms with the
Agreement for Meteorological Services.