Cheyenne Man Facing Arson Charges Following Laramie County Fire

A Cheyenne man has been arrested on arson charges following reports of a fire near Happy Jack Road in Laramie County earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Laramie County Sheriff’s Department Detectives arrested 62-year-old Kenneth Burke in connection with the fire that occurred on March 1st. A warrant was issued for Burke’s arrest formally charging him with 3rd degree arson.

According to Wyoming state statute, a person is guilty of third-degree arson if he intentionally starts a fire or causes an explosion and intentionally, recklessly or with criminal negligence; places another in danger of bodily injury; or destroys or damages any property of another which has a value of $200 or more.

The sheriff’s office reminds residents if you chose to burn garbage or debris, it’s your responsibility to ensure the fire stays contained. Wind and weather need to be taken into consideration.