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 Releases 2016 Butte County Crop Report

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Louie B. Mendoza, Jr., Butte County Agricultural Commissioner, 530.538.7381
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Butte County’s gross value for agricultural production in 2016 was $705,211,786 – representing a decrease of nearly 9 percent from the previous year ($772,639,884). 

Walnuts (English), almonds, rice, and prunes led the way for 2016 crop values. Walnuts continued to be the number one crop that generated over $234 million in gross value. Almonds remained as the number two crop at $188 million. Rice remained the number three crop in the county at almost $123 million. Even though prune growers had poor pollination conditions in 2016, prunes remained number four at $31 million. 

“Butte County farmers realized lower overall prices for their crops in 2016 compared to previous year’s values. It’s the main reason why our agriculture industry saw a 9 percent decrease. However, agriculture is still the number one industry in Butte County and contributes to our economy in the form of employment, labor income and value added”, said Butte County Agriculture Commissioner Louie Mendoza. “About one in five jobs in our area is attributed to agriculture”. 

Butte County’s Agricultural impacts go far beyond the orchards, fields, farmers and farm workers. Each dollar earned within agriculture fuels a more vigorous economy by stimulating additional activity in the form of jobs, labor income and value added such as generating business in banking, marketing, transportation, and other services. The agriculture value chain accounts for nearly three million jobs in California1.

Butte County agriculture experienced an increase in 2016 of agricultural exports to other countries, from Australia to Vietnam, with 73 countries and 8 states importing Butte County agricultural products. Indications at this point are that the number of agricultural exports will continue to stay strong as products remain in demand. 

The figures presented in this report are estimated gross values with no consideration of production costs and do not reflect net income to producers. The 2016 Butte County Crop Report is available online at: www.buttecounty.net/agriculturalcommissioner


1. Agriculture Value Chain for California –accessed July 16, 2014 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 /Number of views (3540) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Opens Fire Assistance Center for Victims of Ponderosa Fire

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2017, 8:45 am
Contact: Lisa Almaguer, 530.966-1686
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OROVILLE, CA -- Butte County will open a Fire Assistance Center (FAC) to help residents who lost their homes or other structures in the Ponderosa Fire. Residents can come to the Fire Assistance Center to learn the benefits of working with the County to get their property assessed for proper cleanup and disposal 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. Residents are encouraged to call 530.538.7473 to schedule an appointment, but walk-in service is also available.

Forms from the District Attorney’s office will be available for residents affected by the Ponderosa Fire to access financial help available through the California Victim Compensation Bureau. Residents who lost their homes and those who had to evacuate may be eligible to receive reimbursements for losses caused by the fire such as medical/dental expenses and temporary lodging or relocation expenses.

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

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 /Number of views (2167) /Categories: News and Announcements

Fire Notification Center to Open for Ponderosa Fire Victims

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2017, 4:30 pm
Contact: Casey Hatcher, (530) 518-3508
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OROVILLE, CA – Butte County along with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office will open a Fire Notification Center for residents impacted by the Ponderosa Fire. Residents who wish to verify if they have lost their home may receive notification and information regarding local resources to assist them in their recovery efforts.

Case Managers from the American Red Cross will be present to provide case management support.

The purpose of the Notification Center is to provide notification of structure loss to residents. Please note, this is not a full scale Local Assistance Center. The County may determine a need for a Local Assistance Center at a later date once final damage assessments have been completed.

202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville, at the Department of Employment and Social Services/Public Health Administration building.

Hours of Operation:

  • Saturday, September 2nd: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 3rd: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Monday, September 4th: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Partnering Agencies:
Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Employment and Social Services, and the American Red Cross

Friday, September 01, 2017 /Number of views (3106) /Categories: News and Announcements

County Declares Local Emergency due to Ponderosa Fire

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2017, 11:30 am
Contact: Lisa Almaguer, 530.966-1686
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OROVILLE, CA –Butte County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Brian Ring has proclaimed a state of local emergency for Butte County due to the Ponderosa Fire. The County executed the proclamation in response to the fire, which has been burning in East Oroville since Tuesday afternoon, August 29, 2017. 

Proclaiming a Local Emergency allows the County to access more resources from the State to better assist fire fighters and local recovery efforts. For now, the County is focused on keeping residents informed, providing shelter for evacuees and their animals, and coordinating resources with County and State agencies.

Friday, September 01, 2017 /Number of views (2993) /Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County to File Lawsuit against DWR for Missteps on California WaterFix

For Immediate Release: August 9, 2017, 8:15 am
Contact: Bruce Alpert, 530.538.7621
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Oroville, CA - The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to file a lawsuit against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for failing to comply with State water law. DWR did not adequately assess the environmental and socioeconomic impacts from the California WaterFix. The Board took this action to protect Butte County from the damage the WaterFix would have to Butte County’s economy, environment, and communities. 

The DWR certified the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental analysis of the California WaterFix on July 21, 2017. CEQA requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. The CEQA certification, Notice of Determination, and decision documents put WaterFix a step closer to construction, which could begin as early as 2018. 

The Butte County Board of Supervisors submitted objections to the draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) in a letter dated September 13, 2016. The Board of Supervisors found the EIR/EIS inadequately described the project and failed to fully assess the potential impacts from WaterFix. Butte County’s list of concerns with the WaterFix were more than legal technicalities and if ignored, the failures would lead to actions that will ultimately damage the region’s economy, environment, and communities.  

The Butte County Board of Supervisors remains opposed to the WaterFix. Butte County’s objections to WaterFix are a response to the state and federal agency’s failure to acknowledge and assess the potential impacts. In 2012, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution (12-096) Opposing the WaterFix (previously the BDCP). Unfortunately, the Administration has ignored every suggestion offered by Butte County and was intent to move forward with the California WaterFix and California EcoRestore with little regard to legal requirements or mitigating impacts. 

About the California WaterFix

The California WaterFix is a Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan intended to meet the standards of the federal Endangered Species Act and California’s Natural Community Conservation Planning Act. The WaterFix is intended to protect more than 50 species of fish, wildlife, and plants over 50 years. The WaterFix includes two 45 foot diameter tunnels that create new diversion and conveyance facilities of the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP), which draw water from the Delta. 

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 /Number of views (2609) /Categories: News and Announcements