ButteCountyRecovers: The official website for Camp Fire response and recovery.

Safety Updates

Camp Fire Re-Entry Information:

Paradise Irrigation District (PID) advises bottled water only for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth

Wildland Fires have the potential to cause certain contaminants to be present within communities that have been impacted. Paradise Irrigation District’s top priority is the health and safety of our customers and therefore the quality of the water that we deliver to them. In an abundance of caution, the District, along with the CA Division of Drinking Water, has taken water samples that will be tested by a state certified laboratory for possible contaminants that may have been introduced into the water system as a result of the Camp Fire. These water quality tests can take up to two weeks to receive the results.

PID is asking customers to promptly report any noticeable odors or smells in the water supply to the office phone, listed below.

The health and safety of our customers is of utmost concern for the District and until we receive these lab results, we highly recommend the following:

DO NOT drink your tap water. ONLY use bottled water. Bottled water should be used for:

  • all drinking (including baby formula and juice),
  • brushing teeth,
  • making ice,
  • and food preparation.

DO NOT try and treat the water yourself. Because of the nature of the potential water contamination, boiling or disinfecting your water will not make it safe to drink.


  • Do not allow pets or livestock to consume tap water.
  • Limit use of hot water.
  • Limit shower time (use lukewarm water and ventilate area).
  • Use a dishwasher to wash dishes and use air dry setting.
  • Wash clothing in cold water.
  • Do not take baths.
  • Do not use hot tubs or swimming pools.
  • Limit use of water for clean-up of properties and follow Butte County recommendations for protective clothing when on property

Read more from the Paradise Irrigation District on this advisory.

View the Potable Water resource page.

Drive-thru Water Distribution Site Open for PID Customers

PID Customers can visit the Drive-thru water distribution site at the District office located at 6332 Clark Road and pick up one case of water per day for their household between 10 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday.

Residents may bring empty water bottles to the water distribution site for recycling.

Read more about the Drive-thru water distribution site. 

Del Oro Water Company Advises Customers to be Alert for Certain Smells in the Water, and if Present, Use an Alternate Source of Water For Drinking, Cooking, or Oral Hygiene

Per the State Water Resources Control Board, Del Oro Water is advising its customers in Paradise Pines, Lime Saddle, and Magalia Districts to be alert for smells similar to gasoline, vinyl, or plastic in the water. If detected, please contact Del Oro IMMEDIATELY at 1-877-335-6764, and use an alternate source of water for drinking, cooking, and oral hygiene.

Read the notice at https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/…/pres…/2018/pr122418_voc.pdf

Please continue to check Del Oro’s Camp Fire Update page for further information.

Increased Risk of Flooding, Mud/Debris Flows After Camp Fire:

Normally, vegetation absorbs rainfall, reducing runoff. However, wildfires leave the ground charred, barren, and unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flash flooding and mudflow.  Rain after a wildfire creates other hazards because soil is unstable after a fire.  Mudflows are rivers of liquid and flowing mud on the surface of normally dry land, often caused by a combination of brush loss and subsequent heavy rains. Mudflows can develop when water saturates the ground, such as from rapid snowmelt or heavy or long periods of rainfall, causing a thick, liquid, downhill flow of earth.  Sloped areas along creeks and rivers are more likely to have mudslides and debris flows, Properties in the burn area, downstream from the burn area, and downhill from the burn area at the most risk.

What is being done to prepare?
Butte County and the Town of Paradise, in partnership with state agencies, are working together to prepare and reduce flooding and protect waterways.  This work includes clearing drainage ways; installing sediment control measures to reduce ash and sediment transport into the creeks and streams; and monitoring drainages and rainfall burned drainage areas.

A Watershed Emergency Response Team is rapidly developing a Hazard Assessment Map that utilizes a multi-agency analysis of the burn areas. Once the map is complete, a report will be developed to help local officials identify areas within the burn scar that may have a high, moderate or low hazard estimate for flash floods, mudflows and debris flows. More information on this map and report will be available soon.  In any case, it is important to remember there is risk associated in being in low-lying areas or near watershed.

What should residents do?

  1. Get alerts. Sign up for mass notification at buttecounty.net/massnotification  
    Listen to authorities.
  2. Be aware of your risk. Know where your property is located related to the burn area.  Look up your property when the map is online to understand your risk.  Pay attention to your surroundings, especially if you’re in a low-lying area.
  3. Be prepared. Pack your essential items and know more than one way to get out of your neighborhood.
  4. If you think you’re in danger, leave immediately and get to high ground, away from the bottom of steep slopes and drainages.
  5. Take action. Don’t wait to evacuate.  If you think you’re in danger, leave immediately.  If you see flooding, a mudflow, or a debris flow, make sure you’re safe and call 9-1-1.
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