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.

Localized Flooding in Butte County

Evacuation Warnings

  • Hamilton Nord Cana Highway and Wilson Landing Road south of Rock Creek due to flooding of Rock Creek.

Evacuation Notification Categories:

An Evacuation Warning alerts people in an affected area (s) of potential threat to life and property. People who need additional time should consider evacuating at this time. An Evacuation Warning considers the probability that an area will be affected and prepares people for a potential Immediate Evacuation Order.

See all evacuation notification categories.

Road Closures

Roads may be closed throughout Butte County due to flooding. Check road closures at ButteCounty.net/RoadConditions.


Sand and Sandbags are available at the following locations. Please bring your own shovel to fill bags.

1205 School Street, Richvale

Nord Fire Station #41
13871 Hwy 99, Chico

Palermo Fire Station #72
2290 Palermo Rd. Palermo.

Concow Fire Station #38
12960 Concow Rd. Concow

Cherokee Vol Fire Station #67
3911 Cherokee Rd. Cherokee

Honey Run Vol Fire Sta #26
1726 Honey Run Rd. Chico

Kelly Ridge Vol Fire Station
22 Walnut Ave, Oroville

Butte College Fire Station #25
3487 Durham Pentz, Oroville

Bangor Fire Station #55
7540 Oro Bangor Hwy

Gridley Fairgrounds
199 E.Hazel St, Gridley

Magalia Sheriff’s Substation (14166 Skyway)
Access behind substation via Lakeridge Ct

Durham Community Park
1847 Durham/Dayton Hwy – Sand located by the horse arena.

Be Prepared Before Heavy Rain and Flooding. Prepare your property now to reduce flooding during heavy rain events.

    Make a place for to water runoff.Clear ditches on your property or adjacent to your property of vegetation and other debris before it rains to ensure water runoff has a place to flow.
    Be aware permits may be required to work in some creeks, streams, rivers, and ditches not maintained by the County.
    Be ready to protect your property with sandbags.
    - Have full sandbags stored onsite and ready to use during a heavy rain event.
    - If you cannot store sandbags onsite,  know where you can access sand and bags when a storm watch or warning is issued.

Plan what you and your family will do during a heavy rain event of flooding.

  • Make a flood emergency plan.
  • Build a disaster supply kit.
    Assemble basic items your household may need during a heavy rain event or flooding.
  • Know the terms used to describe severe weather:
    - Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.
    - Flood Warning = "Take Action!" Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.
  • During a Flood Warning:
    - Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
    - Evacuate if directed. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
    - Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

Stay Informed during an emergency.

    • www.weather.gov or follow them on Twitter @NWSSacramento
    • www.ButteCounty.net, follow us on Twitter @CountyofButte, or like us on www.Facebook.com/ButteCounty 
    • Emergency personnel monitor the status of a storm and conditions. Residents should stay informed as storms progresses. 
    • View the Butte County Road Closures website.
    • View and report outages to PG&E online or with a mobile device and follow them on Twitter @PGE4Me.
    • View Caltrans road information online or follow them on Twitter @D3PIO. 
    • Residents with scanners or weather radios can listen to updates on NOAA radio, WWF67 at 162.40 MHZ. This station cannot be picked up on regular AM/FM radios but receivers can be purchased at area electronics stores for between $20 and $200. Residents can also stay tuned to local media for updates and weather warnings.


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