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.

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Butte County Public Works to Begin Annual Herbicide Application on Public Roads

Butte County Public Works to Begin Annual Herbicide Application on Public Roads


Oroville, Calif.--The Butte County Department of Public Works will begin the annual roadside herbicide application starting January 8, 2020 through June 2020.  Performing this work helps keep the road edges and ditches free of noxious weeds, and reduces the fire danger for the upcoming summer while keeping drainage ditches clear to prevent future flooding.


If residents would prefer not to have roadway edge sprayed adjacent to their property, please contact the Public Works’ office at (530) 538-7681 to arrange for a “no-spray” agreement.  This agreement can also be found online at http://www.buttecounty.net/publicworks/Downloads.aspx.  The County maintains a list of properties requesting this “no-spray”.  We request a contact name, address and phone number of the property owner for our files, and that the owner manually keep the weeds and invasive species cleared.  Owners on the “no-spray” list will be provided with signs to mark areas not to be sprayed.


Trained and licensed operators will do all spraying in strict compliance with the Butte County Agricultural Commissioner requirements and the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Most treated areas will have a six to eight foot wide band of herbicide applied (from the edge of pavement outward).  This treatment reduces the amount of weeds and vegetation alongside the roadway edges and will greatly reduce the chance of carelessly thrown cigarettes or a dragging chain causing a wildland fire later this summer. In addition, control of noxious weeds during this stage of development will improve the roadside drainage and minimize additional maintenance by County staff.  The spraying will consist of critical road shoulders and drainage ditches.  A listing of roads to be treated is located on the webpage http://www.buttecounty.net/Portals/22/downloads/Permits/Roadside%20Spray%20List.pdf


We do not anticipate any traffic delays as a result of these operations.  Spraying activities will be performed with a marked County of Butte truck.  If motorists encounter the spraying operations, please stay back a reasonable distance.  The operators will pull off the roadway and allow the motorists to pass at the first convenient location.


The Butte County Public Works Department has been serving its residents since 1850, providing cost effective roadway maintenance services.  The Department maintains approximately 1,300 miles of roadways, over 500 bridges and drainage structures and more than 18,000 road signs. 



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For Immediate Release

Today, Butte County announced that it and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $252 million to resolve the County’s Camp Fire claims, resulting from the 2018 Camp Fire. The Mediator’s proposal is exclusive of and does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or businesses.

The payment is to be incorporated in, and subject to confirmation by the Bankruptcy Court, a plan of reorganization to be filed by PG&E in its pending Chapter 11 case. The settlement is part of a total settlement of $1 billion to be paid to local government entities pursuant to the confirmed plan of reorganization.

JAMS Mediator Judge Jay Gandhi (Ret.) presided over several days of in-person mediation sessions held in San Francisco, California. Participants in the mediation included 14 public entities with various claims from the 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires, and the 2018 Camp Fire. Judge Gandhi’s global proposals included a total payment of $1 billion to be made pursuant to PG&E’s confirmed plan of reorganization. PG&E and all 14 public entities accepted the proposals.

“This is an important step towards stabilizing the County so we can continue to provide key services to residents, especially as our communities recover from the Camp Fire,” said County Counsel Bruce Alpert. “There will be long-term impacts to the County that are unknown and unquantifiable at this time. We know this is the first step in a long process, and many more approvals have to happen before the County receives any money.”

Butte County was represented by County Counsel Bruce Alpert, and outside counsel Scott Summy and John Fiske of Baron & Budd, and Ernie Washington and Peter Washington of Washington & Washington.

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Butte County Signs Proclamation of Local Emergency Caused by Several Recent Storms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2019

Contact: Casey Hatcher (530) 552-3336
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Oroville, CA – A Local Emergency caused by recent storms starting in November 2018, through February 2019 has been proclaimed for Butte County. The proclamation was executed by the County Chief Administrative Officer, Shari McCracken and the Board of Supervisors will consider an item at an upcoming Special Meeting to ratify the proclamation. The County executed the proclamation in response to substantial damage caused to County roads from heavy rain and flooding, as well as heavy winds which caused downed trees.

Proclaiming a Local Emergency due to the recent storms allows the County to access more resources to better assist with costs to fix local roads and assist residents affected by rising water levels and flooding. The full level of assistance for County roads and local residents still remains to be determined. For now, the County is focused on assessing the damage to County roads, such as the lane erosion on Centerville Road. The County is also assessing damages to local residents whose properties were flooded during the recent storms.

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