Office of Emergency Management
During disasters or large scale incidents the Butte County OEM coordinates the overall response through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). When activated, the EOC provides a central location for responding and supporting agencies to collaborate response and recovery efforts in order to effectively and efficiently provide information and deploy resources. In non disaster times the Butte County OEM supports and coordinates disaster planning, community preparedness, mitigation, and training.
Butte County Fires

Fire Assistance Center

Residents can come to the Fire Assistance Center to learn how to get their property assessed for proper cleanup and disposal of Hazardous Materials 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. Call 530.538.7473 to schedule an appointment.

Visit the Fire Assistance Center webpage for more information and links to documents and forms.


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

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 12-3pm, walk-ins welcome
Call for an appointment: 530.538.7473


Follow the Butte County Sheriff on Facebook and Twitter for evacuation updates. 


Thank you to all the community members who have asked how you can help those affected by the fires in Butte County. You can make monetary donations to organizations that assist local residents. You can also donate physical items that can be picked up by fire victims as they rebuild and recover from the fires.

Monetary Donations

  • Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council Fire Recovery Fund
    This fund was established to directly serve fire victims from the Wall, Ponderosa, LaPorte, Cherokee, and Honey fires by providing basic human needs, housing, and land restoration resources.
    • Checks can be made out to the “Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council.” Memo – “Fire Recovery Fund”.
      Mail to PO Box 4242, Yankee Hill CA, 95965

Donate Physical Items

  • The Oroville Hope Center accepts donations of physical items. Fire victims can come to the hope center to pick up donations. 
    Donation drop off/pick up times: Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Location: 1950 Kitrick Ave A, Oroville, CA 95966.
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store - Oroville accepts donations of physical items. The Salvation Army provides fire victims vouchers for the Thrift Store.
    Donation drop off time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Location1901 Oro-Dam Blvd.

Emergency Management

Flood Evacuation Zones in South Butte County

There are 11 Flood Evacuation Zones in South Butte County. The zones cover the Cities of Oroville, Gridley, Biggs, and the surrounding unincorporated communities from the Oroville Dam south to the Butte County line on both sides of the Feather River.  Each Evacuation Zone includes a recommended Evacuation Route, Public Assembly Point, and Evacuation Center. Zones can be viewed by clicking on of the links below or on the interactive map.

  • Oroville area, (View Zone 1) 
    Community Meeting March 24th at 6:00 pm at the Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Avenue, Oroville
  • Thermalito (View Zone 2)
    Community Meeting March 30th at 6:00 pm at Nelson Avenue School, 2255 6th Street, Oroville
  • Palermo area (View Zones 3 and 4 | View Zone 10)
    Community Meeting Mar 29th at 6:00 pm at the Palermo School Gym, 7350 Bulldog Way, Palermo
  • Biggs area (View Zones 5 and 6 | View Zones 7 and 11)
    Community Meeting March 16th at 6:00 pm at the Butte County Fairgrounds, Butte Hall 199 East Hazel Street, Gridley
  • Gridley area (View Zones 6 and 9 | View Zone 8)
    Community Meeting March 16th at 6:00 pm at the Butte County Fairgrounds, Butte Hall 199 East Hazel Street, Gridley

Be Prepared for an Evacuation

  1. Learn the Evacuation Categories
  2. Know how to Stay Informed During and Emergency
  3. Get Prepared Today
  4. Make sure people with disabilities and activity limitations have a plan. For information about the Special Needs Awareness Program (SNAP) call OEM at (530) 538-7373

Interactive Flood Evacuation Map

Enter your address or click on a zone to find your zone, learn your evacuation route, and see where to go in case of an evacuation. View interactive map full screen.

Contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office, with comments and feedback about the Flood Evacuation Zones.

FEMA and the International Association of Emergency Managers define Emergency Management as; “…the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.” Butte County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is committed to providing a comprehensive Emergency Management Program supporting all functions of emergency management to build disaster resistant communities.

Emergency Management Functions

Protection (Prevention)
Actions taken to stop or avoid an incident.

Measures to reduce the likelihood of occurrence, or reduce the damaging effects of the hazard. These activities should be done prior to an incident.

Preparedness activities increase a community’s ability to respond when a disaster occurs. Emergency response plans, evacuation plans, family communications plan and assembling a family disaster kit are just a few examples of preparedness.

Actions taken immediately before, during and after a disaster to protect human lives and property from damaging effects. For individuals, it is being able to act responsibly and safely to protect yourself and your family from the impacts of a disaster event.

Actions taken to return community to normalcy. For catastrophic events this may take years.

Sign up for Emergency Mass Notifications.

Emergency Mass Notification

Contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office, if you have trouble registering your address for notifications.


 Contact OEM

Butte County OEM
Phone:    530.552.3333
Fax:        530.538.7120


 Location and Hours

Butte County OEM
25 County Center Drive,
Suite 213
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays