Southern Area Incident Support CacheThe Southern Area Incident Support Cache (SAK) is located at London, Kentucky, adjacent to the airport. Staffed by only four full-time people, the workload of the cache is comparable to any of the other national caches.

SAK is a part of a national system of interagency support caches designed for the storage of firefighting supplies and equipment.

The cache is located on the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky.


Its mission is to furnish emergency equipment and supplies for the Southern United States and to assist other national caches.


The geographic area served extends as far north as New Jersey, south to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and west to Texas and Oklahoma.

Map of caches


The cache stocks thousands of items necessary for firefighting and other emergencies. The list includes tents, fire fighting tools, communication kits, helicopter support equipment, batteries, sleeping bags, fire resistant clothing, and much more.

Cumberland National Forest Fire Tool Box


SAK also provides assistance during other emergencies and participates in special events. In recent years SAK has assisted relief efforts associated with floods, hurricanes, ice storms, and search and rescue efforts.


SAK built a new facility in 1996. The new structure has 20,000 square feet of warehouse space and 2,000 square feet of office space. It is located adjacent to the London/Corbin airport.


Southern Area Incident Support Cache, 788 Sublimity School Road, London, KY 40744, 606-878-7430


From I-75, take Exit #38 East on KY 192 (toward London) to KY 1006 (Next to Hardees). Turn right onto KY 1006 (South) – follow to 4-Way Stop. Continue thru 4-Way Stop (this crosses KY 363) – go about 1/2 mile. You will pass a large church on the right and there is a car wash on the left. Turn left at the first street in front of car wash onto Sublimity School Road. Continue to stop sign (you will pass elementary school on left). Go through stop sign – turn left into 3rd drive.

Latitude: 37.088134444443824
Longitude: -84.07810091972351

Map to Cache

Cache Timeline:


Southeast Fire Cache was created to support incidents within the Southern area and was one of the first Regional Overhead Teams in the southeast region. It was located on the London Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest at the old YCC Building on Sublimity School Road. The cache was managed by one employee who also worked on the London Ranger District.


A Cache Manager was assigned to the cache full time.
Late 1980s: The first cache vans were acquired through excess property. These vans were 150 person vans that could support approximately 150 people for 30 hours. A NTE employee was hired to assist with warehouse operations.


Hurricane Hugo was the first Major All Risk Incident supported by the cache.


The Assistant Cache Manager position was added to the cache organization.

Early 1990s

The first 250-person cache vans were added to the inventory. The cache also supported International Forestry sending training materials to Indonesia.


The cache continued to support both fires and natural disasters including Hurricane Andrew.


Plans began for a new facility for the Southern Interagency Fire Cache whose partners now included the Forest Service, Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and State Foresters for thirteen southern states.


On November 26 the new facility was dedicated. Due to the increased volume of stock and requests for assistance a new facility was built. The new structure has 20,000 square feet of warehouse space and 2,000 square feet of office space. In its new location it was received national recognition as one of eleven national caches in a national cache system across the U.S. that work together in supporting wildland fire and other all-hazard incidents. They were established under the National Fire Equipment System (NFES), Fire Equipment Working Team (FEWT) and National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG). This Southern Interagency Support Cache is the only national cache in the southern area. The National Interagency Support Caches website is at:


The new facility was tested during the Florida Fire Storm of ’98. A remote cache was also set up in Florida during this time.


A full time Warehouse Leader position was added to the organization to replace the NTE Warehouse position.


A Cache Clerk position was added, bringing the total full time staff to four positions. Significant support was provided to western mobilization both in support of staging areas for crews and supporting western incidents (including Type 1 and 2 Teams and Military Battalions).


A very busy year with wildfires in the Southern Area due to drought conditions. Also supported numerous incidents following the terrorist attacks of September 11.


Supported the Okefenokee Swamp Fire that started in March and burned into June. Also supported western mobilization both in support of staging areas for crews and supported Type 1 and 2 incidents in the west.


Began supporting Space Shuttle Columbia Recovery Efforts following the loss of the shuttle over Texas on February 1. This support effort would last until July 2003.

Also supported clean up efforts following Hurricane Isabel’s impact to NC and VA.


Four major hurricanes hit the south. Hurricane Charley followed by Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. A total of sixteen Type 1 Incident Management Teams were mobilized between August 13 and October 13. There were also four Area Command Teams and thirteen Buying Teams assigned that were supported during this time.


Out of all the Geographic Areas nationwide, the Southern Area reported the largest number of fires during 2005 (29,436 fires and 577,064 acres burned).
Hurricane support heavily impacted the cache in 2005. There were 23 Type 1 Team assignments and 22 Type 2 Team assignments in support of Hurricane Support and Recovery efforts. Four Area Command Teams were mobilized six times along with numerous Buying Team assignments and NPS All Risk Team assignments. All of which were supported from this cache with additional support from other national caches. Two hurricane vans were purchased in December for FEMA All Hazard Incidents.
A new phone system was installed in the cache with voice mail and paging capabilities. The new phone system had to be installed to accommodate the additional phone lines that had been added to support all the hurricane incidents.


Busy fire season in the southern area continued from December on through January with a busy spring season in the southeast. Extensive refurbishment continued on items returning from the Gulf Coast that had been assigned during the 2005 hurricane season. The building lease for the cache was extended for a five year option (extending it through July 2011).