The Task Force is an interagency organization that actively
investigates fires for cause and orgin and assists in the
prosecution of arson crimes. The organization includes
representatives from all fire agencies in the county, law
enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office.
The Arson Task Force, which is associated with the Butte County
Fire Chiefs’ Association, may be called out when an investigation
exceeds the staffing ability or expertise of the jurisdiction in
which the fire occured. Assistance is provided on a mutual aid
The Task Force conducts monthly training sessions, reviews
ongoing cases, shares information regarding possible serial
arsonists, and practices cause and origin investigation on live
training fires. Members may be appointed peace officers by their
agency. Members are actively committed to the state Fire
Investigation I & II certification program.
The Chico Fire Department has 3 members on the Arson Task Force.