Crews gaining upper hand on fire near Stanley Mission

Cooler, wet weather helping firefighting efforts

Evacuees could be returning home soon

Two forest fires burned near the community of Stanley Mission on Thursday (Karen Charles)

People forced to flee Stanley Mission may be able to start heading home soon. 

Fire crews said they're gaining control of a nearby forest fire. Right now, the 4,900 hectare fire is 10 km from Stanley Mission, and 3 km from the community's only access road. It's also threatening the main power lines in the area.

Government officials said there are about 900 evacuees. About 350 are at the HenkRuys Soccer Centre in Saskatoon.

The others are in hotels in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and La Ronge, or are with family and friends. About 700 people remain in Stanley Mission.

About 50 fire firefighters are working on the ground and in the air to keep the fire from spreading. Its hasn't moved since yesterday. Light rain is expected in the area this afternoon and will help with efforts to secure the fire.

But fire officials said smoke will continue to be problem for the next several days. People without health issues could start returning in the next day or so.