The preliminary hearing of a man charged with setting seven rural fires in 2016 and 2017 began in Guelph on Wednesday.
Justin Beal, 29, stands accused of setting the fires over an eight-month period from Oct. 14, 2016 to June 25, 2017.
In a Guelph courtroom Wednesday Beal chose to be tried by judge and jury. A trial date has not yet been set.
There is a publication ban on any evidence presented at the three-day preliminary hearing.