25 October 2016

Residential Break & Enter and New County Burning Bylaw

Namao, AB -  On October 25, 2016 at approximately 09:00 hrs a rural residence near Namao was broken into. Access was gained through an unlocked man door on the garage where two vehicles parked inside were rummaged through. The Subject then broke the deadbolt on another man door connecting the garage to the main home. The Subject was interrupted by the two elderly residence of the home before he gained accessed and he fled the area in a light brown or beige color 1/2 tonne truck.  
There are no suspects at this time. Items at the scene have been seized for further examination. Please contact Morinville RCMP if you have any information regarding this crime.


Please find attached a copy of the new burn bylaw 1375/16. Note the following changes:
Section 2. Definitions
2.1 a) - Definition of an “Acceptable Fire Pit” (previously referred to as “Approved Fire Pit”)– new points (ii), (v), (vi) and (vii)
d) - “Demolition Permit” - NEW
h) - Definition of “Garden /Yard Debris” – this is now considered a SMALL brush pile and must be smaller than 3.6m x 3.6m x 1.8m (approx 12 x 12 x 6)
j) - Definition of “Large Brush Pile” – larger than above dimensions. Now requires a site inspection (see Section 3.6), can only be burned/permits issued from December 1 through March 31st and are NO LONGER permitted in subdivisions. [see Prohibitions 5.2 a) & b)]**
q) - “Smudge Fire” – no changes but just a reminder that it must be contained in a structure or container and only permitted on parcels 2.47 acres or larger. Also still does not require a permit (see Exemptions 4.5)
u) - “Windrow Pile” – NEW - requires a site inspection (see Section 3.6), can only be burned/permits issued from December 1 through March 31st. Also not permitted in in subdivisions. [see Prohibitions 5.3 a) & b)]**

Section 3. Fire Permits
3.1 – Permits required year round.
3.2 – the words “Fire Advisory” and “Fire Restriction” added.
3.3 – new permit types added and duration
3.5 – obtaining demolition permit from P&D for structures**
3.6 – site inspection for structure fire, large brush pile or windrow fire permits
3.7 – signage posted on roadways warning drivers of smoke – permit holder responsible for all costs
Section 4. Exemptions
4.6 – permit not required for flaring
4.7 – permit not required to heat a home during fire advisory/restriction/ban
Section 5. Prohibitions
5.1 – no change but just a reminder that burn barrels/incinerators are NOT permitted on lots less than one acre
5.2 a) - burning of large brush pile prohibited in subdivisions
      b) - prohibited except from Dec 1 – March 31
5.3 a) - burning of windrow pile prohibited in subdivisions
      b)_ prohibited except from Dec 1 – March 31               
5.4 – NEW - burning of construction related material in subdivisions is now prohibited. It must be hauled away.
5.11 – now enforceable
5.12 – now enforceable
5.15 – NEW – fires/bonfires now prohibited on Municipal Reserves, Environmental Reserves and natural areas
5.16 – NEW – vehicle fires are now prohibited
5.17 -  NEW - burning is now prohibited in industrial parks

SRCWA #2016-107

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