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."

Vegetation Management Program

Meet Chief Joe Tapia, Battalion Chief, VMP

Currently the Butte Unit has three active VMP contracts. Each contract is good for three years. Ideal projects are greater than 500 acres in size. Each project requires a full environmental assessment that includes records check and sight survey for endangered plants and animals (Natural Diversity Database (NDDB)), archaeological records search, sight survey and notification of local Native American Tribes, notification and review by various agencies including Water Quality, Department of Fish and Game, Public Works, Air Quality Management to list a few.  

In order for a burn to occur all listed elements must exist:

  • Landowner agrees to treatment and when the burn will be conducted.
  • CAL FIRE must have approval from unit and regional administrators to commit resources to the project.
  • Air Quality Management District must give approval.
  • Weather conditions and fuel moisture must be within the prescription as established in the burn plan.

Active VMP projects include the following:

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI): Goal of 1050 acres to be treated in the Butte and Tehama County areas north of the community of Cohasset along the timber road known as the H Line and north of Jarbo Gap along Rim Road (V- Line). This project will treat under story growth of manzanita and pine needle accumulation along a 16 mile shaded fuel break maintained by SPI. 


Program description and history 

Live Fuel Moisture Levels

Butte Unit Fire Plan

Additional Information can be accessed at Butte County 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

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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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