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."

Forest Practice

Cal Fire’s Butte unit contains approximately 200,000 acres of timberland located in the upper elevations of Butte County. Ownership patterns range from small landowners located in the Wildland Urban Intermix to industrial landowners with large contiguous parcels located in the State Responsibility Area. The Forest Practice Division is responsible for the enforcement and compliance of forest management activities for all private timberland owners within the Butte Unit. The units Forest Practice Division ensures all timber harvesting is conducted in a manner which protects the beneficial uses of water, wildlife, fisheries and soils. Unit Foresters are responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations of the California Forest Practice Act to protect the environment during timber operations. Unit Foresters work with private landowners to ensure timber harvesting operations comply with the California Forest Practice Act.  Compliance with the California Forest Practice Act is accomplished through the development of a Timber Harvest Plan (THP) which is a required environmental document for commercial timber harvesting.  The THP evaluates any environmental concerns associated with harvesting operations and develops Best Management Practices to protect the beneficial uses of forest resources. The Butte Unit Forest Practice Division reviews and inspects Timber Harvest Plans to ensure harvesting operations meet the intent of the California Forest Practice Act. Environmentally sound Forest Management is an integral part of Cal Fire’s mission to protect forest land within the State Responsibility Area. By enforcing the rules and regulations of the California Forest Practice Act the Butte Unit Forest Practice Division ensures the beneficial uses of our natural resources are protected.

To find out more about the Timber Harvest Review process click here.

 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

For current incidents call
Butte County Fire

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Butte County Air Quality Management Department

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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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