Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

Bark Beetles are Killing Millions of Trees in California

Dead trees become fuel for wildfire.

Remove Your Dead Trees Reduce Your Wildfire RiskTiny insect creatures—bark beetles—and drought are a deadly combination. Together they are killing millions of trees, greatly increasing the risk of wildfire in California. Learn more at www.readyforwildfire.org.

What can be done? By being proactive you can make a very important difference to help reduce your wildfire risk; first by removing dead trees on your property, especially around your home. Next, homeowners should properly maintain the trees on their property by thinning overgrown trees, removing dense underbrush, and watering high- value trees as necessary depending on weather conditions. All of these steps will help create a healthy, more resilient forest for generations to come. 

What to do

If you think bark beetles may be infesting trees on your property, check out this information:

Butte County Holding Public Meetings for Input on Fire Service

Butte County is holding several public meetings to gather more public input for the evaluation of options to restructure the Butte County Fire Department. The County opened up a survey this May to gather input from residents and received nearly 1,000 responses. Survey results indicate most of the respondents have had good experiences with the Butte County Fire Department and are satisfied with the service. At the same time, the majority of those who responded are interested in studying alternatives to the current Fire Department structure. “Like the public, we are also very pleased with the Butte County Fire Department,” said Paul Hahn, the County’s Chief Administrative Officer. “The relationship we enjoy with CAL FIRE, which provides staffing for the County Fire Department, has benefited both the County and the State. Our primary concern is the ability for the County to afford the current service into the future.”

Now, public meetings provide an opportunity for residents to provide their opinions for restructuring the Fire Department. Four meetings will be held throughout the County over the next two weeks at the following locations:

Download community meeting presentation.


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800.895.8476 or

Rape Crisis
800.656.4673 or

Elder Abuse

Children Mental Health Crisis
800.371.4373 or

Adult Mental Health Crisis
800.334.6622 or

Victim/Witness Program
530.538.7340 or