Crews battle fires in southeast Manitoba

Firefighters and heavy equipment are battling two forest fires in the southeastern Manitoba, officals said Sunday.

Firefighters, waterbombers and heavy equipment are being used to battle forest fires in southeastern Manitoba, officals said Sunday.

A forest and grassland fire southeast of Steinbach has grown to cover 1,300 hectares while a smaller fire of about 200 hectares is also burning in the Rural Municipality of Piney, officials said. No homes are currently under threat.

Gary Friesen of the Manitoba Fire Program says the southeast corner of the province is extremely dry.

High winds and hot weather aren't helping get the fire under control. "Hopefully with good luck and good work it will be [controlled] soon, but that's dependent on the conditions they are faced with right now," he said.

Friesen said more than 30 provincial firefighters are combating the fire with the help of five waterbombers, three helicopters and bulldozers used to cut fire lines.

Officials are investigating the cause of both blazes.