Responding to a fire is a race against time for fire fighters.
However, firefighter are coming across an obstacle this season--snow-covered fire hydrants.
Firefighters need a 3-foot diameter clearance surrounding the fire hydrant and a cleared pathway to get to the hydrant.
If the hydrant is covered, firefighters either need to shovel around it, which takes time away from fighting fires, or use a different fire hydrant.
Minot fire inspector, Brian Andrson says help from the property owner will help the fire department do its job.
(Brian Andersen, MFD Fire Inspector)"We don't have the manpower needed to go clean the fire hydrants. There's well over 2,000 fire hydrants in the city limits, so it's impractical for us to go clean it and if we need it during an event it's going to take several minutes to get that fire hydrant dug out prior to using it."
He says property owners should make sure to shovel around the hydrant and also clear a path to it.