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 Chief Bill Lopez

My entire fire experience has been with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection / Cal Fire.  I began my career with California Department of Forestry (CDF) in 1988 as a seasonal firefighter in the San Benito / Monterey Unit where I worked 5 seasons at various fire stations and as a Helitack crew member at Bear Valley. During my off-season time, I worked as a EMT Paramedic for various ambulance companies.

 From 1993 to present, I have worked in the rank of Fire Fighter II, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Crew Captain, Fire Captain A and Battalion Chief. During this time, I have worked in several Cal Fire Administrative Units statewide serving in many different functions within the Department.  I have worked in both Schedule A and Schedule B programs, as a member of Haz Mat and Technical Rescue Teams, Resource Management Projects, and 10 years as a Fire Crew Captain in the Conservation Camp Program.  In 2015, I promoted to Battalion Chief in Battalion 19 of the Sonoma / Lake / Napa Unit and in February 2017, I returned to the Butte Unit. 

For the past several years, I have instructed on the Fire Crew Captain Administrative training cadre and have participated with curriculum rewriting.  I have also been a Unit Conservation Camp instructor for S-212 and a proctor for North Region Crew Readiness Exercises.  I have recently been assigned to CALFIRE IMT 2 as an Operations Branch Director Trainee. 

I currently oversee the Feather Falls Battalion which is geographically the largest Battalion in the Butte Unit.  The Battalion consists of 3 volunteer companies, 3 State Amador stations, and 1 Schedule A station located in Bangor.  Included in Battalion 5 are the Middle and South Fork drainage's of the Feather River.  Battalion 5 also shares borders with Plumas National Forest to the east and Nevada Yuba Placer Unit to the south.  In addition to serving the many communities and rural areas in the southeast portion of Butte County, there are vast amounts of private stakeholder timberland's in our direct protection area.  


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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


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Butte County Fire CALFIRE

Darren Read, Fire Chief  
David Hawks, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Chris Haile, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garret Sjolund, Assistant Chief, Butte Fire Center

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