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.

Oroville Spillway Incident

Department of Water Resources Information Online

Flood Evacuation Zones for 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. View the Flood Evacuation Zones on the Office of Emergency Management web page.

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 Assistance Program (SNAP) call OEM at (530) 538-7373

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the federal agency responsible for oversight of the Oroville Dam license held by the California Department of Water Resources. Any comments of support on the relicensing efforts of Butte County can be sent to the FERC as indicated below

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20426
Telephone: (202) 502-8400
Toll Fee: 1-866-208-3372
Email: Customer@ferc.gov

Fire Restructure

Analysis and options to restructure the Butte County Fire Department
Butte County Fire Department Restructure Report

 EmergencyContacts

Call 911 for Police, Fire or Medical emergencies.

Child Abuse
800.400.0902 or
530.538.7882 

24 Hour Domestic Violence Help
800.895.8476 or
530.343.7711

Rape Crisis
800.656.4673 or
530.343.7273

Elder Abuse
800.664.9774

Mental Health Crisis
800.334.6622 or
530.891.2810

Victim/Witness Program
530.538.7340 or
530.891.2812