Code Enforcement Officer Bonds Out of Jail After Charges Related to the Ft. Lyon Fire

Updated: May 16

(Las Animas, CO) -- Las Animas City Employee Charles Gregory Champney (Greg Campney) is out of jail on bond after he turned himself into the Bent County Sheriff following the issuing of arrest warrants on his behalf for arson. According to documents we obtained there were at least three counts of arson listed, concerning the Ft. Lyon fire from April 12, 2022.





Documents we obtained show the charges as


  • Charges Arson 1 5/16/2022 --Status Arrest Only Charge Statute 18-4-102(1) Class F3 (Class 3 Felony) Offense Date From 04/12/2022

  • Charges Arson 2-damage $100k-$1m Reads 18-4-103 Status Arrest Only Charge Statute 18-4-103(1),(2)(g) Class F3 (Class 3 Felony) Offense Date From 04/12/2022

  • Charges Arson 4-property $100k-$1m Endangered Reads 18-4-105(2) Status Arrest Only Charge Statute 18-4-105(1),(3)(g) Class F3 (Class 3 Felony) Offense Date From 04/12/2022

  • Charges Firing Woods/prairie-set Fire Reads 18-13-109 Status Arrest Only Charge Statute 18-13-109(1) Class PO (Unclassified Petty Offense) Offense Date From 04/12/2022

  • Charges Reckless Endangerment Status Arrest Only Charge Statute 18-3-208 Class M2 (Class 2 Misdemeanor) Offense Date From 04/12/2022

The Fort Lyon fire destroyed two homes near Ft. Lyon and burned nearly 3,000 acres. Multiple agencies were deployed for mutual aid and the state of Colorado deployed a unit to help with relief.


Champney is the code enforcement officer for the City of Las Animas. He turned himself into the Bent County Sheriff's office.




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