Butte County Fire Department is the largest fire department north of Sacramento, California to Eugene, Oregon. We are a combination of career and citizen volunteer firefighters.

Our Mission: "To provide professional services to protect lives, property, and environment to those residing, working or traveling with in the unincorporated areas of Butte County, the cities of Biggs and Gridley and the Town of Paradise."

Butte Fire Center


The Butte Fire Center started in 1949 as the Magalia Camp under the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) and California Department of Corrections (CDC). CALFIRE and CDC continued to jointly manage the camp until approximately 1973 when CDC withdrew inmates from the camp. In about 1974, the camp again opened as the Butte Ecology Center this time jointly operated by CALFIRE and the California Ecology Corps. The Ecology Corps continued to exist until 1978 when the camp became Butte Fire Center under the joint direction of CALFIRE and the California Conservation Corps (CCC), this remained so until 2003 when the CCC withdrew. 

From 2003 until 2016 the Butte Fire Center (owned by CALFIRE) was utilized as a northern region training facility for firefighters throughout California. In 2016 once again CALFIRE and CCC rejoined operations as a fire crew facility.  

CCC crew members go through a rigorous two week CALFIRE Fire Crew training program before being assigned to a fire crew.   As a CALFIRE/CCC Type 1 fire crew they are able to respond to wildland fires, search and rescue and flood fighting incidents.  While not fighting fires the fire crews work on fire hazard reduction and other community projects. The Butte Fire Center facilitates approximately 50 CCC Corps Members and 17 CCC Staff.

CALFIRE staff train and supervise the fire crews, provide forest practice operations and operate a full auto repair shop, numbering approximately 16 personnel.


 Contact Fire

Butte County Fire

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401

 Locations and Hours

Butte County Fire
176 Nelson Avenue
Oroville CA, 95965

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


 Current Incidents

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Butte County Fire

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Butte County Air Quality Management Department

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Butte County Fire CALFIRE

Darren Read, Fire Chief  
David Hawks, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Chris Haile, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garret Sjolund, Assistant Chief, Butte Fire Center

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