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 Departments website. The purpose of this website is to give you an overview of the commitment the fire department's personnel has to the communities we serve. 
We hope the website provides you with a thorough view of your fire department and the services we provide to our customers. We also hope you recognize our efforts to provide cost and operationally effective emergency  preparedness and response to the threats in our communities.

The Butte County Fire Department benefits from a strong integrated, cooperative, regional fire protection system. The system is strong and cost effective due to the organizational elements provided by the State (CAL FIRE), County (Butte County), and partner Cities (Cities of Biggs, Gridley and Town of Paradise). 

Many large devastating wildland fire after-action-reports recommend an integrated fire protection model such as the model we enjoy here in Butte County. We are proud of the support provided by all of our elected and appointed officials that support our integrated fire protection model. The citizens of Butte County are the benefactors of this type of  support. 

CAL FIRE has been a major component of the Butte County Fire Department. Butte County's cooperative fire protection agreement with CAL FIRE started in 1931. We operate 23 career staffed fire stations and 14 volunteer fire station that serve the 1,639 square miles of unincorporated communities in Butte County and the contract Cities of Biggs, Gridley and the Town of 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 am able to serve as the Butte County Fire Departments Fire Chief.

Darren Read

Fire Chief


Butte County Community Demographics and Fire History Map

 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

Darren Read, Fire Chief  
David Hawks, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, South Division 
John Messina, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, BFC

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