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.

Stay Informed During an Emergency

An important step in preparing for an emergency is to make sure all household members know how they will be notified during an emergency. Make sure you are able to get alerts about an emergency in Butte County. First responders and public service agencies provide emergency information in several ways.

Step 1: Sign up to receive emergency notifications.

The countywide emergency notification system is used to alert residents of evacuation warnings and orders in their area. Landline telephone numbers are automatically enrolled in the notification system. To receive notifications as an email or via your mobile phone (including text message), sign up online at, https://buttecounty.onthealert.com.

Step 2: Follow Local Social Media Accounts and Bookmark Websites

Social Media


Step 3: Keep Important Emergency Information Phone Numbers Handy

Keep emergency information phone numbers in your mobile phone contact list or keep a printed card in your purse or wallet so you and your family know what phone number to contact for emergency information.

Remember: Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies only, not for information. 

Butte County Emergency Information Phone Numbers

  • CALFIRE/Butte County Fire - 1.530.538.7826, Fire information
  • PG&E Information Line - 1.800.743.5000, Report power outages and downed power lines
  • Caltrans Information Line - 1.800.427.7623, For current highway conditions

Step 4: Stay Tuned to Local Media Sources

Butte County’s local news agencies provide information on developing emergencies. Residents can monitor television stations KHSL, KNVN and KRCR and their respective websites, as well as turn into KPAY – 1290 AM radio for updates.

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 the links below. You may also call Dave Derby, Forester with CAL FIRE / Butte County Fire at 530.872.6334 if you have questions about your trees and the bark beetle.


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

Children Mental Health Crisis
800.371.4373 or

Adult Mental Health Crisis
800.334.6622 or

Victim/Witness Program
530.538.7340 or