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."


Meet Battalion Chief Garrett Needles

Our Training Bureau is located in Durham and overseen by Chief Garrett Needles. The CAL FIRE / Butte County Fire Training and Safety Bureau provides training to the career and volunteer staff throughout Butte County.  We have a staff of four captains (JAC, EMS, SAFETY, and Volunteer Training Coordinator) as well as an office assistant.  We provide professional level hands on and classroom level training.  

Openshaw Training grounds is a constant evolving training facility that allows fire department personnel as well as law enforcement to train in a variety of situations.  We have an approved Rescue Systems training site as well as a burn building, multiple roof ventilation props, door forcing props, two story prop for various drills, and soon a four story training tower. 

The Butte County Fire Department Training Program goal is to assure quality service to the public by developing the skills and abilities of all Butte County Fire Department's career and volunteer personnel. This is accomplished through training that is economical, effective, and consistent with the needs of the public, the County of Butte, the Department, and the employee.



Learn how to become a Fire Fighter

Butte College Fire Academy

Visit Butte County Fire/CAL Fire training website

 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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