The majority of evacuated residents in Kirkland Lake have returned home and the town has lifted its state of emergency.

The 2,300 hectare fire is still three kilometres away from the town, but officials now say it is being held and they don't believe the fire will spread beyond its existing boundary.

Bill Enouy, the mayor of Kirkland Lake, said he's pleased things are improving in his town.

"It's like you've been coaching hockey for 10 straight days and now it's suddenly sort of over," he said.

"And you just have this empty feeling … it's a sense of satisfaction at the same time and there's still work to be done

The Ministry of Natural Resources implementation order that restricts the use of Crown land near the town remains in effect.