Hydrant Help Needed


Photographer Big Bear Fire Battalion Chief Mark Wilde observes a firefighter preparing to hook up a fire-hose to a hydrant to attack a Big Bear Lake structure fire. Firefighter Robert Whitmore clears the overgrowth around a fire hydrant.

____  The Big Bear Fire Department is asking the community for a partnership in our Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and keeping it free of weeds and shrubbery during these summer months, as well as free from snow in the winter.


In the event of a fire, it is imperative that the Fire Department gain access to a water supply via a fire hydrant as quickly as possible, so that fire can be extinguished and prevent loss of property and/or life. Help the Big Bear Fire Department in this quest by adopting a hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout the year.


The Big Bear Firefighters ask that everyone check the area around their adopted fire hydrant and clear any brush, weeds, or obstacles. Clear a path approximately three feet around the hydrant as well a clear path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant so that the hydrant is visible and accessible.

Fire Chief Jeff Willis states, “During the summer months it is important to make sure that there is a three foot path around your adopted hydrant which is free of weeds, shrubbery, flowerbeds, etc.”


If a fire hydrant has been damaged, missing caps, leaking water, or if it is blocked, please notify the local water company or fire station.  All of this will assist fire crews in the unfortunate event of a fire. 


Register your adopted hydrant today at our website,  There is a short application to fill out so that the Fire Department can track your efforts and extend their gratitude.