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 6

Battalion 6 Fire Station

Meet Russ Fowler, Battalion Chief, Battalion 6


Station 63 176 Nelson Ave, Oroville

Station 64 22 Walnut Ave, Oroville

Station 72 2290 Palermo Rd, Palermo


Station 63, Oroville Station/Butte Unit Headquarters is located on Nelson Ave near Hwy 70 the station houses 3 engine companies, 1 squad, and 1 bull dozer. Engine 63, a Type-2 engine, is county funded.  The 2 Type-3 engines and the bull dozer are state funded.   Squad 63 is operated by the Kelly Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. The station averages 1,900 calls annually in its first-due area, with 700 of these calls assisting our local cooperator fire departments, primarily Oroville Fire.  Station 63 has first-due response for the communities of Thermalito, Canyon Highlands, and Cherokee, as well as a portion of Butte Valley.  

Station 64, Kelly Ridge Station is located on Walnut Ave near Canyon Drive the station houses 2 Type-2 engines, a water tender, rescue, and HazMat Response unit.  Water Tender 64 and Rescue 64 are operated by the Kelly Ridge Volunteer Fire Company.  The station averages 1,200 calls annually in its first-due area.  The station is responsible for HazMat response for all portions of southern Butte County, into all jurisdictions.  Station 64 has first-due response for the communities of Kelly Ridge, East Oroville, and Wyandotte.  The station directly protects the Lake Oroville facilities and State Parks as well as the mid-rise Gold Country Casino.  

Station 72, Palermo is located on Palermo Road, next to the Palermo School, the station houses 2 Type-2 engines and a breathing support unit.  The station averages 1,200 calls annually in its first-due area.  Station 72 has first-due response for the communities of Palermo, South Oroville, and Honcut.  The station also directly protects the Feather Falls Casino/Mooretown Indian Rancheria.  

 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


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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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