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."

Fire Prevention Bureau

Meet Battalion Chief Shannon Garrett 

The Fire Prevention Bureau of Butte County Fire Department/CALFIRE is a full spectrum bureau with specialists in the areas of:

  • Fire Investigation
  • Criminal Law Enforcement
  • Public Education
  • Public Information
  • Pre-Fire Planning
  • Fire Protection Planning
  • Life Safety Code Enforcement. 

In addition to specialist duties, regularly assigned investigators will respond to calls involving undetermined, suspicious, and arson fires, as well as fires involving serious injury or death and/or high value loss. The investigators are active members of the Butte County Fire Investigation Team, which is composed of representatives from all fire departments in the county, and Butte County Fire Department CALFIRE. Members of the Fire Investigation Team respond to calls upon request from represented jurisdictions as needed. 

The represented jurisdictions are:

  • County of Butte
  • City of Biggs
  • City of Chico
  • City of Gridley
  • City of Oroville
  • Town of Paradise
 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 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, South Division 
John Messina, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, BFC

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