Help needed with digging out fire hydrants

EAGLE COUNTY - With more snow piling up along mountain roads in Eagle County, fire fighters and employees with Eagle River Fire Protection are pounding the powder on the hunt for buried fire hydrants.

"When the snow builds up we are not able to connect hoses in a quick manner," Tracy LeClair with Eagle River Fire said.

Finding the hydrants is pretty easy but using them can be difficult. A few days ago, fire fighters had to dig out one out to get their work done. It's something that takes time and manpower away from the important job of fighting a fire.

"If we have to pull a fire fighter or two off the line to dig out a hydrant that could take anywhere from 2 to 3 minutes," LeClair said.

To clip their hoses to a hydrant, fire fighters need about three feet of cleared snow. They're asking for help this winter: If there's a fire hydrant near your home that's covered, dig it out.


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