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 Opens Fire Assistance Center for Victims of Ponderosa Fire

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2017, 8:45 am
Contact: Lisa Almaguer, 530.966-1686
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OROVILLE, CA -- Butte County will open a Fire Assistance Center (FAC) to help residents who lost their homes or other structures in the Ponderosa Fire. Residents can come to the Fire Assistance Center to learn the benefits of working with the County to get their property assessed for proper cleanup and disposal as well as to get help navigating the process of rebuilding. County staff will meet one-on-one with residents who lost their homes or structures to walk them through the steps for rebuilding. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and to help residents complete forms and applications. Residents are encouraged to call 530.538.7473 to schedule an appointment, but walk-in service is also available.

Forms from the District Attorney’s office will be available for residents affected by the Ponderosa Fire to access financial help available through the California Victim Compensation Bureau. Residents who lost their homes and those who had to evacuate may be eligible to receive reimbursements for losses caused by the fire such as medical/dental expenses and temporary lodging or relocation expenses.

Location: 7 County Center Drive, Oroville inside the Department of Development Services

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 /Number of views (5093) /Categories: News and Announcements
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County Declares Local Emergency due to Ponderosa Fire

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2017, 11:30 am
Contact: Lisa Almaguer, 530.966-1686
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OROVILLE, CA –Butte County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Brian Ring has proclaimed a state of local emergency for Butte County due to the Ponderosa Fire. The County executed the proclamation in response to the fire, which has been burning in East Oroville since Tuesday afternoon, August 29, 2017. 

Proclaiming a Local Emergency allows the County to access more resources from the State to better assist fire fighters and local recovery efforts. For now, the County is focused on keeping residents informed, providing shelter for evacuees and their animals, and coordinating resources with County and State agencies.

Friday, September 01, 2017 /Number of views (6050) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Board of Supervisors Approves Fee Waivers to Help Wall Fire Victims Clean Up and Rebuild

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2017, 1:00 pm
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518-3508
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Oroville, CA - The Butte County Board of Supervisors approved fee waivers to assist Wall Fire victims as they clean up burned properties and rebuild homes and other structures. The purpose of the fee waivers is to encourage rebuilding and elimination of hazardous and blighted areas. The community at large will benefit from such assistance by restoring property values, and removing debris, hazardous materials, and blight caused by the fire. The fee waivers and streamlined services will be available for any fires declared local emergencies during the 2017 CAL FIRE-defined fire season.

Residents should visit the Fire Assistance Center to meet one-on-one with County staff and talk through the steps to clean up their properties and begin rebuilding. Staff can help residents understand the available fee waivers and begin recovering from the Wall Fire. The Fire Assistance Center is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and is located at the Department of Development Services building, 7 County Center Drive in Oroville. Walk-in visits are welcome, but residents can also call 530.538.7473 for an appointment. Information is also available online at www.buttecounty.net/fireassistancecenter.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 /Number of views (11606) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Butte County Secures Assistance to Remove Hazardous Materials from Properties Burned by Wall Fire

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2017, 2:30 pm
Contact: Lisa Almaguer, 530.966-1686
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Residents whose homes or structures were damaged or destroyed by the Wall Fire can get assistance to remove hazardous materials at no cost. The assistance is provided by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and is available at no cost to the County or the residents. Identifying and removing hazardous materials is an important first step for any home or structure damaged by wildfire. This step keeps people safe on the property, protects creeks and streams, ensures materials can be accepted by the landfill, and is required for structures to be rebuilt.

Ash, charred debris, and other contaminated materials from burned structures may be hazardous waste. The Public Health Department warns property owners who wish to conduct ash and debris cleanup themselves that significant health hazards may be present when handling ash, debris, and household hazardous waste. Experience from similar fires in California has shown that asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metal residues, and other hazardous substances may be present in burn ash and debris.

Due to these hazards, the Public Health Department recommends that site cleanup be conducted by appropriately licensed professional contractors. Residents who want to access the free services available for removal of hazardous waste from their property will need to complete a Right of Entry form to allow the work to take place on their property. These forms will be available starting Monday, July 17th at noon at the Fire Assistance Center. Residents can come to the Fire Assistance Center Monday through Friday from noon to 3:00 pm to work one-on-one with County staff on rebuilding after the fire.

The Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility cannot accept waste that has not be screened for hazardous materials. Homeowners who do not participate in the free screening program will be required to provide documentation that their fire debris has been screened and is free of hazardous materials before delivering to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility for disposal. For more information, call Steve Rodowick at 879-2352 or Eric Miller at 879-2351. The free service available to properties damaged by the Wall Fire is an important step in ensuring the safety of residents and initiating the rebuilding process.

Friday, July 14, 2017 /Number of views (5847) /Categories: News and Announcements
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County Declares State of Local Emergency

OROVILLE, CA –Butte County Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Hahn has proclaimed a state of local emergency for Butte County due to the Wall Fire. The County executed the proclamation in response to the fire, which has been burning in South-East Oroville since last Friday.

 

Proclaiming a Local Emergency allows the County to access more resources from the state to better assist fire fighters and local recovery efforts. For now, the County is focused on keeping residents informed, providing shelter for evacuees and their animals, and coordinating donation resources.

Sunday, July 09, 2017 /Number of views (9490) /Categories: News and Announcements
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