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.

Excessive Heat Warning for Parts of Butte County

The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Warning for parts of Butte County on Monday, June 19th until Thursday, June 22nd at 8:00 pm. Long outdoor exposure will increase chances for heat-related illness, especially for sensitive groups and people without access to air conditioning. Heat stress is also possible for livestock with limited relief from the heat overnight.

Cooling Centers


New Vision Church
1600 Mangrove Avenue, Suite 177 (across from PEP Boys)
Open for seniors who need relief from homes without air-conditioning. Hours: Tuesday 6/20 and Wednesday 6/21 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Roseleaf Senior Living and Memory Care
2180 Humboldt Road
Open for seniors, and open to the general public as needed.
Hours: every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 


Orchard Hospital
240 Spruce Street
Open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Water is available. 

7th Day Adventist Church
360 Indiana Street
Open Wednesday (6/21) through Friday (6/23) from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm


Municipal Auditorium
1200 Myers Street in Oroville
10:00 am to 9:00 pm on days reported as Excessive Heat Warning


Atria Senior Living
1007 Buschmann Road in Paradise
Cooling Station for Ridge seniors who do not have air-conditioning and need somewhere to cool off during this summer's heat waves.

Take Precaution to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

  • Limit exercise and strenuous work during the hottest part of the day
  • Stay indoors where air conditioning is available (pets included)
  • Stay hydrated by drinking 2-4 glasses of cool, non-alcoholic/non-caffeinated fluids every hour
  • Drink fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • Rest often in shady areas
  • Reschedule outdoor activities
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a parked car – look before you lock
  • Take short, cool showers during the day to cool off 

Take Precaution for Your Pets

Pets are also at risk for heat-related illness. Protect your pets from extreme heat by providing ample shade and water, limiting exercise, and never leaving your pet in a parked car. Watch for signs of heat stroke, including: heavy panting, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lack of coordination, vomiting, lethargy, and profuse salivation.

Oroville Spillway Information

Department of Water Resources Information Online

Flood Evacuation Zones for South Butte County

There are 11 Flood Evacuation Zones in South Butte County. The zones cover the Cities of Oroville, Gridley, Biggs, and the surrounding unincorporated communities from the Oroville Dam south to the Butte County line on both sides of the Feather River.  Each Evacuation Zone includes a recommended Evacuation Route, Public Assembly Point, and Evacuation Center. View the Flood Evacuation Zones on the Office of Emergency Management web page.

Be Prepared for an Evacuation

  1. Learn the Evacuation Categories
  2. Know how to Stay Informed During and Emergency
  3. Get Prepared Today
  4. Make sure people with disabilities and activity limitations have a plan. For information about the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) call OEM at (530) 538-7373

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the federal agency responsible for oversight of the Oroville Dam license held by the California Department of Water Resources. Any comments of support on the relicensing efforts of Butte County can be sent to the FERC as indicated below

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20426
Telephone: (202) 502-8400
Toll Fee: 1-866-208-3372
Email: Customer@ferc.gov


Call 911 for Police, Fire or Medical emergencies.

Child Abuse
800.400.0902 or

24 Hour Domestic Violence Help
800.895.8476 or

Rape Crisis
800.656.4673 or

Elder Abuse

Mental Health Crisis
800.334.6622 or

Victim/Witness Program
530.538.7340 or