Executive Staff

Scott Upton

Scott Upton

Chief, Northern Region
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Chief Scott Upton has been the Northern Region Chief since January 1, 2016. Scott began his fire service career in 1983, as a volunteer firefighter with the Town of Paradise Fire Department, ultimately becoming a permanent fire fighter for the town. In 2002, Scott accepted a position with CAL FIRE as a Fire Captain B in the Conservation Camp Program, working at both Devil's Garden Camp in the Lassen Modoc Unit and Ishi Camp in the Tehama Glenn Unit. In 2007, Scott transferred to the Butte Unit where he served as an air tactical group supervisor at Chico Air Attack Base. Scott then accepted a promotion in the Sonoma Lake Napa Unit to Battalion Chief in 2009, and again in 2012 to Assistant Chief, where he was designated as the Napa County Fire Chief, overseeing the cooperative agreement with Napa County. Scott was appointed to Unit Chief of the Sonoma Lake Napa Unit in August 2014.

Scott has served as a Type 1 Safety Officer on CAL FIRE Incident Command Team 3 and as Incident Commander Trainee on CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6. Scott holds an Associate of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from Butte College.

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