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.

Public Resources Code 4290

These regulations have been prepared and adopted for the purpose of establishing minimum wildfire protection standards in conjunction with building, construction and development in State Responsibility Areas (SRA). These regulations shall become effective September 1, 1991. The future design and construction of structures, subdivisions and developments in State Responsibility Area (SRA) shall provide for basic emergency access and perimeter wildfire protection measures as specified in PRC 4290. These measures shall provide for emergency access; signing and building numbering; and vegetation modification. The fire protection standards contained within PRC 4290 shall specify the minimums for such measures.

Public Resources Code Requirements Diagrams:

Turnout and Turnaround Diagrams

Gates, Roadway Widths and Vertical Clearance Diagrams

Curves, Addresses and One-Way Roads Diagrams

Determining Percentage of Slope on Your Driveway Reference Sheet

Public Resources Code 4291

To ensure continued maintenance of properties in conformance with the defensible space requirements outlines in PRC 4290 and to assure continued availability, access, and utilization of the defensible space provided during a wildfire, provisions for annual maintenance shall be included in the development plans and/or shall be provided as a condition of the permit, parcel or map approval. PRC 4291 is the law requiring annual defensible space be provided around all structures in, upon, or adjoining any mountainous area, forest-covered lands, brush-covered lands, grass-covered lands, or any land that is covered with flammable material.

Public Resources Code 4291 (Defensible space Requirements for all structures located within Butte County )

General Guidelines for Creating Defensible Space

Pre Fire Management Handout (defensible space, fire safe landscaping, fuel breaks etc.)

Butte County Improvement Standards

It is the purpose of the Improvement Standards to provide minimum standards to be applied to improvements and private works to be dedicated to the public and accepted by the County for maintenance or operation, as well as improvements to be installed within existing rights-of-way and easements. This is necessary in order to provide for coordinated development of required facilities to be used by and for the protection of the public.

State Responsibility Area

Pursuant to Public Resources Code (PRC) §4125-4128, the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection classifies all lands in the state for the purposes of determining areas in which the financial responsibility of preventing and suppressing wildfire is primarily the responsibility of the state. These lands are termed State Responsibility Area (SRA).

Fire Hazard Severity Zone

Fire Hazard Severity Zones are geographical areas designated pursuant to California Public Resources Codes Sections 4201 through 4204 and classified as Very High, High, or Moderate in State Responsibility Areas or as Local Agency Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones designated pursuant to California Government Code Sections 51175 through 51189.

The California Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 1280 entitles the maps of these geographical areas as “Maps of the Fire Hazard Severity Zones in the State Responsibility Area of California.”

Fire Hazard Severity Zone Map for Butte County


 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


John Messina, Fire Chief  
D2103, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Ken Lowe, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Bill Reid, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, Butte Fire Center

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