Local fire crews and water bombers are working on several large brush fires north of Winnipeg.

Officials said Friday that fire-fighting efforts were focused on an area around Beausejour, known as Seddon's Corner, about 50 kilometres north of Winnipeg. That fire was estimated to be about 1.6 kilometres long.

Brush fires have also flared up around Scanterbury and Teulon.

The fire near Teulon, about five kilometres west of the community, has led to a local road being closed. People in the area are concerned because of strong winds that are fanning the flames.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen from a considerable distance away.

The fire near Scanterbury is threatening a local casino.

CBC News was told that Manitoba's Conservation department dispatched a crew to tend to the Seddon's Corner fire and that water bombers from Manitoba and Ontario are assisting local fire crews.

The fire on Friday highlights the dry conditions in many parts of Manitoba. The day before, officials said that many communities had to contend with grass fires.

It was expected that expected rains could help ease the situation, although officials continued to ask people heading out to exercise caution with outdoor fires, especially on windy days.