Devon RCMP news release

RCMP briefs Mar. 5, 2021

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Commander’s Corner – Wildfire Preparedness

March is a good time to start thinking about and preparing for wildfire season. In Alberta, wildfire season begins one month earlier than other jurisdictions and runs until October 31. Research indicates that wildfires are starting earlier and lasting longer.

Did you know that almost all spring wildfires are caused by human activity and are completely preventable? Human-caused wildfires are generally accidental in nature. They can start by an out-of-control campfire or spark from an off-highway vehicle. These fires spread quickly and are fueled by dead and dry grass, twigs, leaves and branches. The environmental damages caused by wildfires can be significant, whether started accidently or by arson. And while arson is a criminal offense, any unsafe fire-related behaviours can lead to fines or charges for the person(s) involved.

How can you help protect your home from wildfire?

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· Remove flammable items that are within five feet of your property.

· Keep roof and gutters free from debris.

· Prune trees and shrubs regularly.

· Conduct a FireSmart home assessment, by searching FireSmart online and clicking the Homeowner’s Assessment link.

Last fire season, 989 wildfires burned more than 883,411 hectares in Alberta. It is staggering to know that 71 per cent of these wildfires were human-caused.

If you see a wildfire burning in the forest, report it toll-free at 310-FIRE (3473).

Several of the following matters are currently under investigation. If anyone has any information regarding any of these incidents, or you see any suspicious activity, please contact the Devon RCMP at 780-987-3413. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Lost Keys

A set of keys found in January by the river have not been claimed. If these keys could be yours, call the Devon RCMP Detachment to identify and claim.

Feb. 24

Various pieces of ID were found outside of the Tim Horton’s and brought in to the Devon RCMP Detachment. The owner was contacted to collect the items.

RCMP conducted a traffic stop and arrested a male for a breach of recognizance. The male was later released and the charges withdrawn by the Crown Prosecutor.

Feb. 25

An Amazon package was reported as missing from a residence on Erie Street South. The matter is under investigation.

A male believed to be wanted was reported to be at the Devon IGA. RCMP responded and located the male. After looking at his identification, RCMP confirmed this person was not wanted by police.

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Feb. 26

An Alberta license plate was reported stolen from a Dodge Durango while it was parked in the lot behind the Devon Home Hardware. The plate was later recovered in Edmonton. The matter is ongoing.

Feb. 27

RCMP were on patrol in the Kananaskis neighbourhood and saw a garage door left open. The home owner was contacted. Everything was found to be secure.

Extensive patrols were made on Highway 60, following a report of what appeared to be a teenage hitchhiker. Neighbouring RCMP detachments were also advised to be on the look out. The hitchhiker was not located.

A cell phone was found on the walking trails. RCMP collected the phone and returned it to the owner.

RCMP are investigating a hit and run that took place at the Husky gas station. A vehicle sustained substantial damages. It is unlawful to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Devon RCMP.

Feb. 28

RCMP conducted traffic stops on Highway 60. One motorist was found to be impaired after providing two breath samples. The driver was suspended from operating a motor vehicle and the vehicle seized and towed. In accordance with the new Immediate Roadside Sanctions program, the driver was fined $1000, for a first time occurrence.

Mar. 1

A vehicle parked on Erie Street over the weekend was damaged in what could be a hit and run. The matter is ongoing.

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