Fire

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."

Residential Burning Guidelines for Butte County

It must be a permissive burn day, burn day status is determined by Butte County Air Quality Management District for all areas of Butte County, call 530-332-9407 or toll free 1-855-332-9407.  A    BC Air Quality Management Permit is not required for residential burning.

Residential Burning in the Unincorporated Areas of Butte County

Permits Required May 1st – June 31st, typical burn suspension on July 1st each year

  • Burn hours are 6:00 am to 11:00 am each permissive burn day
  • 4’ x 4’ pile maximum size
  • 10’ clearance to soil surrounding pile
  • Adult must be in attendance
  • Must have means to extinguish pile: garden hose, bucket of water or tool
  • Only vegetative waste grown on property may be burned, vegetation must be dry

No Permit Required Nov 1 – April 30th each year

Burn hours are 8:45 am to 1 hour before sunset.  Burn day status is available at 8:30 am each day.

If the homeowner lives on a lot equal to or less than 1 acre, burn piles can only be 4’ x 4’ in size.  Lots larger than 1 acre can have burn piles larger than 4’ x 4’ in size. 

Residential Burning in the Upper Ridge/Magalia

Burning is allowed in the Upper Ridge/Magalia Area on all lots greater than one acre in size on any permissive burn day. 

Burning on a lot less than one acre in size shall only be conducted by zone January – June each year

North of Wycliff Way/Perry Road the 1st through the 15th of each month

South of Wycliff way/Perry Road the 16th through the end of each permissible month

Residential Burning in the Town of Paradise

Within the Town of Paradise burn permits are required and must be purchased at Station 81.  Burning is allowable the months of March, April, May and one month in the fall of each year:

Burning is allowed by zone, burn hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 6’ x 6’ pile maximum size

East of Clark Road the 1 through the 15th of each permissible month

West of Clark Road the 16th through the end of each permissible month 

Burning is typically suspended June 1st each year until the fall – during CALFIRE declared Fire Season 

Residential Burning in the City of Biggs

Within the city limits of Biggs burn permits are required year-round. Within the city limits residents can burn all year on permissive burn days.

Between the dates of May 1st through October 31st

Burn hours are 6:00 am to 11:00 am each permissive burn day

Between the dates of November 1st through April 30th

Burn hours are 6:00 am to 2:00 pm each permissive burn day

Residential Burning in the City of Gridley

Within the city limits of Gridley burn permits are required year-round. Within the city limits residents can burn all year on permissive burn days.

Between the dates of May 1st through October 31st

Burn hours are 6:00 am to 11:00 am each permissive burn day

Between the dates of November 1st through April 30th

Burn hours are 6:00 am to 5:00 pm each permissive burn day

Residential Burning in the City of Oroville

Burn Permits required year round, burn hours and locations determined seasonally by jurisdiction. 

Residential Burning in the City of Chico

No burning allowed year round

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 Contact Fire

Butte County Fire
CALFIRE

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline
800.468.4408

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401

 Locations and Hours

Butte County Fire
CALFIRE
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
530.538.7826

If you reach a recording, there may be no current incidents

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Butte County Air Quality Management Department

View Burn Day Status
530.332.9407

 

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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