05/01/2012 10:04 EDT | Updated 07/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Rain brings relief to Manitoba wildfire battle

After a weekend of destructive grass fires in southern Manitoba, help has arrived in the form of rain today.

Tuesday's weather forecast calls for light rain showers across the southern part of the province — quite different from the dry conditions and strong winds that helped wildfires spread in recent days.

"A big relief in the efforts for those brush and grass fires that we've been hearing so much about," says CBC weather specialist Marilyn Maki.

Maki said there is a risk of thunderstorms on Tuesday afternoon.

The showers are expected to return later in the week, she added.

"We'll get a few centimetres of rain, and there is the potential of some heavier downpours as well," she said.

Fire officials have been investigating a number of weekend grass fires and other blazes, including four near Anola, Man. One of the fires destroyed one family's barn and house in the area.

A large blaze at Mandak Industries in Selkirk, Man., on Saturday has been deemed to be arson.