OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — Many fire hydrants in the Oakland hills are covered in so much mud and debris that firefighters would be hard pressed to use them in an emergency.
Representatives from the city said they hadn’t gotten any reports about the buried hydrants.READ MORE: Oakland City Council Votes to Defund Police, Stripping More Than $17M from Department Budget
But, neighbors in the area say they are worried that when the time comes, firefighters won’t have easy access to all the hydrants.
“I’m concerned. I mean, it seems like it’s not ready to be used if needed,” Mason Brooks, who lives in the Oakland Hills said.READ MORE: 165 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized, Man Arrested In Oakland Crackdown
Fires in Oakland’s hills are difficult to fight, as seen in the 1991 firestorm.
The Oakland Fire Department says their crews periodically clear weeds and shrubs, but those are only short term fixes.MORE NEWS: Menlo Park Fire Chief: Time Is Short in Search for Survivors of Florida Condo Collapse
Longer term solutions, like building retaining walls are outside of their jurisdiction.