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."



Smoke Detector Program 2018


CAL FIRE/ Butte County Fire has partnered with the Red Cross to provide free Smoke Alarms to the community members that we serve. Red Cross will provide the units free of charge and the the engine personnel will install the units for the home owner. We do not distribute smoke detectors from our stations, the program specially requires us to install. 

Feel Free to stop by your local station and inquire about this great community program.  


"Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Install smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 4” from the wall; wall mounts should be 4-12” from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents.). Call your local fire department if you are unsure about placement. A good time to remember to check your smoke alarm and change the batteries is when you change your clocks twice a year as daylight savings time begins and ends. Prepare and practice an escape plan! Crawl low under smoke. Plan where to meet outside. Once you’re out, Stay out! Remember, almost every day a smoke alarm saves somebody’s life." 

 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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