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.

News and Announcements

Evacuation Center at Silver Dollar Fairground to Close Today

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2017, 8:45 am
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518.3508
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The evacuation center provided by the American Red Cross at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico will close today at 3:00 pm. The evacuation center, along with numerous others in Butte County, opened on Sunday, February 12th for residents displaced by the Immediate Evacuation Order, which was issued for areas downstream from the Oroville Dam spillway. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, February 14th the Immediate Evacuation Order was reduced to an Evacuation Warning. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office told residents in the Evacuation Warning area they could return home, and encouraged residents to remain vigilant and prepared.

The American Red Cross provided critical services to Butte County residents displaced by the evacuation order and over 1,650 people sought shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds when the Immediate Evacuation Order was issued. Area residents also sought shelter at numerous other Butte County evacuation centers and at local churches that opened their doors to residents displaced by the evacuation order. Nearly 2,800 residents utilized Butte County evacuation centers while the Immediate Evacuation Order was in place; this includes those at the Silver Dollar Fairground’s evacuation center. Nearly all residents who evacuated areas downstream from the Oroville Dam spillway on Sunday, February 12th returned home when the order was reduced to an Evacuation Warning on February 14th.

Many local, state, and federal agencies and community-based organizations came together to provide care and shelter for Butte County residents who evacuated areas downstream from the Oroville Dam spillway on Sunday, February 12th. The American Red Cross is a valuable partner in Butte County and regularly provides evacuation centers for residents displaced by local emergencies.

The American Red Cross, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Social Services, and the Butte County Office of Emergency Management remain ready to assist residents while the Evacuation Warning is in place and anytime there is an emergency in Butte County. Residents in the Evacuation Warning area should remain vigilant and prepared including developing a family communication plan, preparing a “go bag” in case an evacuation order is issued, and planning for animals and accommodations. It is important for residents to be prepared, and it is safe to return home to areas in the Evacuation Warning area.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 /Number of views (80) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Butte County to Close Evacuation Centers for Residents Displaced by Storm-Related Localized Flooding

For Immediate Release: February 21, 2017, 9:15 am
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518.3508
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Two evacuation centers and the animal shelters opened yesterday in response to the Flood Warning and High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Services will be closed Tuesday morning. The two evacuation centers were opened Monday morning in Butte County in case residents were displaced by localized flooding. The County did not issue any new Evacuation Warnings or Immediate Evacuation Orders in Butte County, but provided the evacuation centers in anticipation of the Atmospheric River forecast for Monday. The evacuation centers were utilized by six residents who can now return home.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 /Number of views (124) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Butte County to Open Evacuation Centers for Residents Displaced by Storm-Related Localized Flooding

Flood Warning and High Wind Warning Issued for Northern California

For Immediate Release: February 19, 2017, 5:30 pm
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518.3508
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Oroville, CA - The warning is unrelated to last week’s Oroville dam spillway incident.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning and High Wind Warning for portions of interior Northern California. Butte County is forecast to experience an uptick in flooding problems as an intense Atmospheric River type storm arrives. The strongest part of the storm is expected Monday into Tuesday including high precipitation and strong winds. The valley is expected to receive 1 to 3 inches of rain Monday through Tuesday with up to 10 inches on the upper Ridge. Winds are expected Monday evening through early Tuesday morning gusting 50 to 64 mph. High winds may cause downed trees and power lines, blowing debris, and widespread, potentially long-lasting power outages.

The entire region has saturated soils and many flooded areas already. This will enhance the impact of additional heavy rains this week. Additional stress will be placed on levees, rivers, creeks, and streams. Butte County already has 27 roads closed across the County. Flooding may occur in locations which have not been impacted in many years. Residents are strongly advised to be prepared for flooding. Butte County residents should be prepared to evacuate if localized flooding should affect their area. Areas of concern include:

  • Nord;
  • Palermo;
  • Thermalito;
  • portions of Kelly Ridge;
  • Carriage Estates;
  • the area between Centennial Ave and Chico Canyon Road; and
  • other low lying areas in the County.

Evacuations Centers and Animal Shelters

Two evacuation centers will be opened Monday morning at 9:00 am in Butte County for residents displaced by localized flooding. There are no new Evacuation Warnings or Immediate Evacuation Orders in place for Butte County residents. These evacuation centers are open to residents experiencing flooding or anticipating flooding in the next few days.

  • Neighborhood Church of Chico, 4801 Notre Dame, Chico
  • Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Avenue, Oroville An evacuation center was opened last week at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds for residents evacuated due to the Oroville spillway incident.

The Silver Dollar Fairgrounds remains open for evacuees from the Oroville Spillway incident, residents evacuating due to storm-related flooding should go to the newly opened evacuation centers starting Monday morning. The Oroville Dam is safe and the spillway is stable; this warning is not related to the Oroville Dam.

Animal Shelters

Small Animals: a shelter will be open Monday morning at 9:00 am in Oroville at 2279 Del Oro, Suite D in Oroville

Large Animals: Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Rd, Oroville, is accepting large animals. Please bring supplies for your animal including food, water, blankets, and other necessary supplies. Camelot is not accepting any fowl.  

Preparing for Evacuation

Resident should prepare a "go bag" with important items like medications and har&

Sunday, February 19, 2017 /Number of views (1861) /Categories: News and Announcements

State Board of Equalization Extends Deadline for Filing Property Tax Exemptions

For Immediate Release: February 17, 2017, 1:25 pm
Contact: Diane Brown 530.538.7721 
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Oroville, CA - The deadline for filing many property tax exemptions was February 15, 2017. Due to the mass evacuations of Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties, the State Board of Equalization extended the deadlines. The new deadline for filing these exemptions is March 27, 2017. The exemptions affect churches, hospitals, non-profit organizations, disabled veterans and homeowners among others.

Friday, February 17, 2017 /Number of views (190) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Special Butte County Board of Supervisors to Consider Ratification of Local Disaster Proclamation

For Immediate Release: February 15, 2017, 5:45 pm
Contact: Casey Hatcher 530.518.3508
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Oroville, CA - A Special Meeting of the Butte County Board of Supervisors will be held Friday, February 17, 2017 starting at 9:00 am at the Board Chambers located at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 205 in Oroville. The meeting is scheduled primarily for the Board of Supervisors to consider a resolution ratifying the local disaster proclamation and requesting the gubernatorial proclamation.

A Special Meeting is necessary because Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Hahn signed the local disaster proclamation on Monday, and the proclamation must be ratified by the Board of Supervisors within seven days to remain in effect. One other item will also be considered on the agenda.View agenda.

The February 14, 2017 meeting of the Board of Supervisors was canceled when County offices were closed due to the Immediate Evacuation Order in place for the City of Oroville. The Board of Supervisors will consider items scheduled for the February 14, 2017 meeting at its next regular meeting on February 28, 2017. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 /Number of views (268) /Categories: News and Announcements
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