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."

Burning Regulations

During certain times of the year, when fire danger is lower, outdoor residential debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed in many areas. If you live within the State Responsibility Area you should always check with your local CAL FIRE station or local fire department to obtain any necessary permits that may be required. Before burning be sure to find out if it is a permissive burn day and no other permits are required in your area by contacting Butte Air Quality Management.

While burning outdoors may be the most convenient way to get rid of landscape debris, extra caution is required to ensure a wildfire is not sparked. Follow these tips:

  • Only dry, natural, vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings that originated on the property may be burned.
  • Burning household garbage is NOT allowed.
  • Piles will be no larger than four (4) feet in diameter.
  • Provide clearance around the pile that is ten (10) feet in diameter by removing all material that will burn, down to bare mineral soil.
  • Have a water source on hand such as a charged garden hose or a minimum of a five (5) gallon backpack, pump type water extinguisher.
  • Responsible adult needs to be in attendance at all times.
  • NEVER burn on windy days.

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 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

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

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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 
Chris Haile, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garret Sjolund, Assistant Chief, Butte Fire Center

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