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.

News and Announcements

County Closes Roads, Prepares for Rain and Snow

Residents are encouraged to prepare property for rain and snow forecast to arrive over the next few days.

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2017
Media Contact: Dennis Schmidt, 530.538.7681
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The National Weather Service is projecting rain, and a little snow for the highest elevations, in Butte County, beginning as early as Thursday, November 2, through Saturday, November 4th.  Another storm is possible early next week.

The County is preparing for Potentially Heavy Rain

Butte County Public Works is preparing County owned public roads and drainage facilities for the potential of heavy rain. The County inspects facilities for weaknesses to heavy rain runoff and cleans our ditches and storm drain facilities to reduce flooding during heavy rain events. Preparing County facilities is important, but it only covers County owned public facilities and the County maintained right-of-way. Many, if not most, of the creeks and rivers that collect the runoff from our roads are not maintained by the County; private property owners are responsible for preparing these areas for heavy rain events to reduce flooding impacts.

Who Should Prepare

Residents and property owners whose property has flooded in prior years due to heavy rain events should prepare for these upcoming events. Residents or property owners who feel they may have issues due to heavy rain events should prepare.

Wildfire Burn Scar Areas

Property owners in the recent wildland fire burn areas, or owners downstream of those burned areas should be away of the possibility of debris flow and clogged culverts and waterways. Residents should monitor their surroundings, and be prepared to leave the area if necessary.

Sand and sandbags have pre-staged near the various burn areas, to make it simpler for residents to protect their property. Check the Public Works Website at www.buttecounty.net/publicworks to see the latest information and updates.

Road Closures

Honey Run Road

As safety measure, Honey Run Road, from 2.2 miles above the Covered Bridge to Honey View Terrace in the Town of Paradise will be closed, due to the potential for downed trees, debris flow and rock fall onto the roadway, as a result of the Honey Fire burn scar. 

Powellton Road

To preserve the integrity of this roadway, the roadway will remain under winter closure, from 2.7 miles above the lower Powellton/Skyway intersection, to the upper Powellton/Skyway Intersection. Crews have spent hundreds of hours installing water quality improvements to this critical roadway, and unauthorized 4x4 traffic on this fresh grading work would be detrimental to roadway and water quality in the Butte Creek Basin.

Concow Road

To preserve the integrity of this roadway, the roadway will remain under winter closure, from Ragdump, north to the end of county maintained mileage. This roadway was badly damaged in the winter of 2017, and while crews were able to reopen to emergency traffic, much additional work needs to be done to stabilize the roadway surface to prevent further damage and environmental degradation. and clogged culverts and waterways. Residents should monitor their surroundings, and be prepared to leave the area if necessary.

Be Prepared

Residents are encouraged to prepare an emergency kit. View the

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 /Number of views (3916) /Categories: News and Announcements

FEMA Representatives Available to Assist Residents Affected by the LaPorte and Cherokee Fires

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2017
Media Contact: Heather MacDonald, 530.538.6344
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Oroville, CA - Butte County residents who suffered damage or losses from the LaPorte Fire and the Cherokee Fire can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA representatives are available to assist residents in applying for assistance at the Fire Assistance Center (FAC) located at 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th from 8:00am to 4:00pm. FEMA representatives will also be available to assist residents at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) located at 7500 Oro Bangor Highway on Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Applicants will be asked for the following information:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing number for direct deposit of funds.

Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for:

  • Temporary housing
  • Essential home repairs
  • Uninsured or underinsured personal property losses
  • Other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if a survivor has registered with another disaster-relief organization, such as the American Red Cross. Survivors should register even if they have insurance.

FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

Residents can also apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 1.800.621.3362 or (TTY) 1.800.462.7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 1.800.621.3362. The toll-free numbers are open seven days a week from 7:00am to 10:00pm

Monday, October 16, 2017 /Number of views (3613) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Office of Emergency Management Encourages Residents to Report Losses

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2017, 2:00 pm
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518.3508
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Oroville, CA - The Butte County Office of Emergency Management encourage Butte County residents and business owner to report damage to homes or businesses that was sustained in the recent storms. Individual assistance, in the form of disaster loans, may become available to residents or businesses in Butte County who sustained damage to home or businesses that are not insured by another source, such as homeowners or business insurance.

Please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (530) 538-7373 to report uninsured damages. Individual assistance programs may become available within Butte County if the reported damages meet specific Federal thresholds set by FEMA. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 /Number of views (7287) /Categories: News and Announcements