Hydrant Problems

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But, KOLO 8 News has learned that when they showed up to battle the blaze some of the fire hydrants were dry.

Firefighters on scene say they couldn't get any water from the hydrants that were located in the parking lot of the Spanish Springs library and along the Pyramid Highway.

Steve Frady, Spokesman, "We know at least three hydrants weren't on. County crews went out and re-energized the line the next day and inspected them."

Washoe County is responsible for the water system out in the unincorporated area there near the library. Spokesperson, Kathy Carter, says "The valves were turned off due to irrigation work. But as far as I know there was at least one working hydrant firefighters could have used if they needed it."

Residents and patrons of the library were stunned the hydrants weren't on even if the firefighters didn't need it. They say the county dodged a bullet and luckily this fire was small.

But, they say what about the next time? They say firefighters should have all the tools available to them in wildland fires, especially when it's been such a dry winter.

Monday night's brush fire was fueled by high winds and dry conditions. Crews say the dryness of the brush is usually what they see in Mid-June not Mid-March.