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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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All About Portland's Fire Hydrants



Did you know… 

  • The City of Portland Water Bureau currently maintains about 16,000 fire hydrants.
  • Portland has fire hydrants are located about every 1,000 feet, which is the standard spacing of fire hydrants in residential areas.
  • In downtown Portland, there are two hydrants for each intersection.
  • Hydrants are color-coded to give important information to firefighters. Freelance hydrant painting violates Portland's City Code.

Learn more…

  • You can locate the nearest hydrant to your property on PortlandMaps. Type in your service address and once you have selected a property, open the Utilities tab, then click Water Assets.
  • Do you know how fire hydrants are connected to the water distribution system here in the City of Portland? Click here to check out the Water Bureau’s Blog titled, “Anatomy of a Fire Hydrant” and learn more about these strategically placed, high-capacity hydrants!
  • Read about Portland's hydrant history by visiting

Questions & Contact Numbers…

Contact the City of Portland's Water Bureau with questions on the below topics!

  • Broken Hydrant/Main -- (503) 823-4874
  • Locate a Hydrant -- (503) 823-1524
  • Hydrant permits -- (503) 823-1256

   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   October 11, 2010


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Doug Cushing

June 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

On Television and in motion pictures there are scenes where a car runs over a fire hydrant breaks it off and water shoots up 20 feet in the air. From the way the piping is and the valves involve is this really possible? It looks more like the car would take the most damage and even then no water would come out.


Steve Matthes

March 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I am trying to put a wall along one side of my property and there is a fire hydrant at the half way point (outside of my planned wall in the public right of way). Are there any special clearances needed around fire hydrants? Otherwise I will build my wall in a straight line and pass it within a few feet.
Thanks for any help.


Marenda Chamberlin

March 21, 2012 at 6:43 AM


I'm about to buy a house and for my homeowner's insurance I need to know where the closest fire hydrant is. I think they need an approximate number of feet to the house. The address is 6510 N Amherst, Portland, OR 97203. Do you have this kind of info, or where can I find it?

Thanks for you help!!

Marenda Chamberlin


Barb Thompson

March 31, 2015 at 7:04 PM

My neighborhood doesn't have sidewalks and there is a hydrant on the "park-way" in front of my house.

The mailbox is within 5-6 feet of the hydrant.

Recently the City of Portland has been stopping by the hydrant numerous times per day to fill up a big "water-truck".

I have no problems with ANY of this but my mail carrier will not exit their vehicle to deliver my mail when the "City" is here filling their tank.....the "water-truck" is blocking easy-access to the box and so my mail is not being delivered.

So, my question is this: Is it my responsibility to move my mailbox or should the mail-carrier get out of the truck......
Are there laws about mailbox placement in relation to a fire-hydrant?

Thanks ~


Jeff Kellis

March 30, 2016 at 3:22 PM

I have a Fire Hydrant in front of my store. It needs to be painted. How do I get it repainted?


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July 21, 2016 at 10:18 PM

This information is wrong. Portland Maps no longer gives you access to show fire hydrants on the map. Also they left out a whole lot of other items that it used to have. too bad.


Masood Nabi

November 26, 2016 at 9:32 PM

this is masood from iran
i want some information and data about how to locate the place of fire hydrants , can you help me in this problem ?


July 25, 2017 at 11:57 PM

I found this post very good and full of information that helps us very much, thank you for posting the information you have given and sharing with us. Hope you will continue to post full information like this Thank you.

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