How To Use Social Media To Track Local Fires, Other Emergencies

Oct 9, 2017

NSPR will not be providing on-air updates on wildfires between midnight and 6 a.m. Here’s how you can keep up with the latest from both officials and media using social media on your smartphone or computer:

Monitor this Twitter list NSPR has assembled of a variety of regional agencies, media organizations, and their staffs. Created during the Oroville Dam emergency, we’ve continued to find it useful in tracking breaking news and emergency updates. Use caution when getting information from social media. Tweets and posts may not be accurate.

Individual accounts that may share info about current wildfires and other emergencies can be found below. You can also monitor fire hashtags across social media (for example, #HoneyFire, #CascadeFire).

Official social media accounts:

Yuba County Twitter (@YubaCounty)
Yuba County Facebook
Yuba County Sheriff Twitter (@YubaSheriff)

Butte County Twitter (@CountyofButte)
Butte County Facebook
Butte County Sheriff Twitter (@ButteSheriff)
Butte County Sheriff Facebook

Cal Fire
Cal Fire Butte County (@CALFIRE_ButteCo)
Cal Fire NEU – Nevada, Yuba, Placer (@CalFireNEU)

Caltrans District 3 Twitter - Butte, Yuba (@CaltransDist3)
Caltrans District 2 Twitter - Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tehama, Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, parts of Butte and Sierra (@CaltransD2)
Town of Paradise Facebook

See an account missing from our list? Let us know at @nsprnews, on Facebook, or by emailing

Get alerted when an individual Twitter account you follow tweets by following these steps. More info available from Twitter Support.

Additionally, you can download a police scanner app from your smartphone’s app store to hear police and fire developments as they occur. Keep in mind the raw and unvetted nature of this communication channel. Information changes rapidly and initial reports are often wrong.

Click on your county to register for emergency alerts: