Purpose of the Operating Plan

This Operating Plan (OP) 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 Tennessee.

Explanation of relationship between OP and MOU

This 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 partners.

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

  • NOAA National Weather Service
  • TDA Division of Forestry
  • USDI National Park Service
  • USDA Forest Service

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 Interagency Agreement for Meteorological and Other Technical Services. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.