It is the mission of the Butte County Cooperative Fire Agencies to provide professional services to protect lives, property, and environment to those residing, working or traveling within the unincorporated areas of Butte County, the Cities of Biggs and Gridley and the Town of Paradise.
CAL FIRE Butte County Fire



Thank you for visiting the Butte County Fire Department’s website.  The purpose of this website is to show you the commitment our personnel have toward the citizens and communities we serve.

We hope the website provides you with a good overview of your fire department and the services we provide to the people of Butte County.  We also hope you recognize our efforts to provide cost-effective and operationally proficient emergency preparedness and response to threats in our communities.

The Butte County Fire Department benefits from a strong integrated, cooperative, regional fire protection system.  Together, our resources and expertise achieve economies of scale in our combined departments, State (CAL FIRE), County (Butte County Fire Department), and local (Cities of Biggs and Gridley and Town of Paradise Fire Departments).

Many studies, including the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission following the devastating Southern California wildfires of 2003, Grand Jury reports and related after-action reports, recommend an integrated fire protection model like the one we have here in Butte County.  We are proud of the support we receive from our elected and appointed officials who support our integrated fire protection model.  The citizens of Butte County are the beneficiaries of our regional fire protection system.

CAL FIRE has been a major component of the Butte County Fire Department for decades.  Butte County’s cooperative fire protection agreement with CAL FIRE began in 1931.  We operate 23 career staffed fire stations and 14 volunteer fire stations that serve the 1,639 square miles of unincorporated communities in Butte County, as well as Biggs, Gridley and Paradise.

From these fire stations, we provide full service fire protection, pre-hospital basic life support emergency medical services, technical rescue services and response to hazardous materials incidents.

It is with great pride that I serve as your Fire Chief for the Butte County Fire Department.


David Hawks

Fire Chief


For information on evacuations please visit the Butte County Office of Emergency Management Evacuation Information website



Butte County Community Demographics
and Fire History Map
Butte County Cooperative Fire Protection
Annual Report 2018



 Location and Hours

Butte County Fire
176 Nelson Avenue
Oroville CA, 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

 Contact Fire


Butte County Fire

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline

Headquarters Main Office

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401

David Hawks, Fire Chief  
John Messina, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Ken Lowe, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Bill Reid, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, Butte Fire Center

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