It is the mission of the Butte County Cooperative Fire Agencies to provide professional services to protect lives, property, and environment to those residing, working or traveling within the unincorporated areas of Butte County, the Cities of Biggs and Gridley and the Town of Paradise.
Butte County Fire Protection Planning and Life Safety

Meet Chris Boyd, Fire and Life Safety Captain

Meet John Gaddie, Fire Protection Planning Captain

Fire Marshal Mission Statement:

The Office of the County Fire Marshal​ is committed to provide professional fire and life safety engineering, permitting and inspection services for our citizens through exemplary customer service, leadership, education, analysis, innovation and partnership with the development and business community.

CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department maintains a progressive Fire Marshall Bureau staffed by two Fire Captains and one Fire Inspector. This department is responsible for enforcing current Butte County Improvement Standards and California Fire Code on all use permits, minor use permits and commercial building permits countywide. The Fire Marshal also enforces and inspects all California Code of Regulations Title 19 regulated occupancies in unincorporated Butte County.

The Fire Protection Planning Officer is responsible for enforcing Public Resources Code 4290, 4291 (SRA only), Butte County Improvement Standards, and the California Fire Code on all new building construction (commercial and residential) within Butte County. The Fire Marshal also enforces Public Resources Code 4290 (SRA only), Butte County Improvement Standards, and when applicable the California Fire Code on all lot line adjustments, grading permits, parcel splits, subdivisions, general plan amendments, administrative permits, and rezones within Butte County.

Checklists and Standards

State Fire Marshal Website

WUI Information


Code Enforcement 




 Location and Hours

Butte County Fire
176 Nelson Avenue
Oroville CA, 95965

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

 Contact Fire


Butte County Fire

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline

Headquarters Main Office

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401

David Hawks, Fire Chief  
John Messina, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Bill Reid, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, BFC

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