A man is charged with violating the state’s burn ban after he was caught setting illegal fires at a Delaware County property. 

Police say they saw smoke coming from a barn at an Elk Creek Road address in Meredith on April 18 and an investigation found Richard Guiles of Smyrna had lit two piles of wood then left the area. Guiles was arrested Wednesday and issued tickets to appear in Town of Meredith court on a date to be scheduled.