Butte County Fire Department is the largest fire department north of Sacramento, California to Eugene, Oregon. We are a combination of career and citizen volunteer firefighters.

Our Mission: "To provide professional services to protect lives, property, and environment to those residing, working or traveling with in the unincorporated areas of Butte County, the cities of Biggs and Gridley and the Town of Paradise."

Battalion 1

Battalion 1 Fire Stations

Meet Bill Reid, Battalion Chief, Battalion 1

Special recognition and Thank You to our Jarbo Gap Crew

Station 13 7882 Quartz Street, Stirling City
Station 17 6640 Steiffer Road, Magalia
Station 33 14164 Skyway Blvd, Magalia
Station 35 1464 Forest Service Road, Paradise
Station 36 11972 Highway 70, Jarbo Gap
Sawmill Peak Lookout
Bald Mountain Lookout

Sawmill Peak and Bald Mountain Lookouts are both located in Battalion One North of the Town of paradise. Sawmill Peak sits on the edge of the canyon that overlooks the North Fork of the Feather River. Bald Mountain sits even further north and is able to see up into the Lassen National Forest, Plumas National Forest and into the Butte and Tehama-Glenn CAL FIRE Units.

Station 13 (Stirling City) is a one engine fire station and houses Engine 2162, a type 3 fire engine. The station has two Fire Captains and 7 firefighters and runs approximately 198 calls for service each year including Fires, Medical and Hazardous conditions. The station works very closely with Stirling City Volunteer Company. The station is located in Stirling City and protects the community of Stirling City and private land including Sierra Pacific Industries in the farthest northern parts of Butte County.


Station 33 (Upper Ridge) is a one engine County Station and houses Engine 33, a type 2 fire Engine. The Station has 1 Fire Captain, 2 Fire Apparatus Engineers, 3 Firefighters and responds to approximately 1600 calls for service each year.  Upper Ridge station is located in Magalia and protects the rural area in and around the Community of Magalia. Station 33 also works closely with the Upper Ridge Volunteers


Station 35 (Paradise) is a two engine fire station and houses Engine 2186 and Engine 2167, type 3 fire engines. The station has 2 Fire Captains, 3 Fire Apparatus Engineers, 10 Firefighters and responds to approximately 1500 calls for service each year. The station is located on the edge of Paradise Town Limits and protects the private and state lands around the Town of Paradise. This station responds into the Town of Paradise under a local “Mutual Threat Zone” agreement.

Station 36 (Jarbo Gap) is a two engine fire station and houses Engine 2176 and Engine 2161, type 3 fire engines. The station has 2 Fire Captains, 3 Fire Apparatus Engineers, 10 Firefighters and responds to approximately 329 calls for service each year and protects the communities of Concow, Jarbo Gap, Yankee Hill and the scenic route of Hwy 70 including the watershed of the Feather River Canyon. The station personnel also work closely with the Concow Volunteer Company and the Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council

 Contact Fire

Butte County Fire

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401

 Locations and Hours

Butte County Fire
176 Nelson Avenue
Oroville CA, 95965

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


 Current Incidents

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Butte County Fire CALFIRE

Darren Read, Fire Chief  
David Hawks, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, South Division 
John Messina, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, BFC

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