The last of the wildfire evacuees from northeast Saskatchewan was able to head back home on Thursday afternoon from Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
Commissioner of emergency management and fire safety, Duane McKay, says the fire situation is improving, but they still want to make sure people can stay in the community.
That’s why a respite area with filter systems has been constructed in the school gym, so if people are bothered by the smoke, they can head there.
The air quality right now is within the normal range.
Steve Roberts, the executive director of wildfire management, says about 40 millimetres of rain fell in the Pelican Narrows area, which has really helped.
Fire crews continue to work on secure areas of the fires and are now also working on reclamation.
Bulldozers were used to make fire breaks, so now they have to ensure those areas don’t cause filtration into natural water flows, but in some cases they will remain for use as future fire breaks.