MEAFORD, Ont. -- Police say a 67-year-old man has been charged with arson after he was seen leaving the area of a large fire.

Investigators say a hay bale was set on fire on the south side of Highway 26 in Meaford, Ont., a small town on the west side of the Georgian Bay, Sunday afternoon.

Police say the fire destroyed about 230 hay bales, and the loss was estimated at $16,500.

They say Duane Orin Greig, 67, of Owen Sound was seen fleeing the area on foot, and police found him a short time later.

Greig was charged with arson, and is scheduled to appear in court by video link on Tuesday.