Northerners evacuated due to wildfire threats are beginning to return home. Ile a la Crosse, which lifted its evacuation order Wednesday said that Regina-based evacuees are headed north.

Buffalo Narrows Mayor Sandy Ericson said on Facebook that residents currently housed in Lloydminster and Regina are too being transported home.

Ericson said most of the roughly 600 people who fled the area are expected to return home.

She said people with health issues or young children can still stay back in case they need supports.

Buffalo River Dene Nation Chief Norma Catarat says 411 people returned home as of Wednesday evening and more are expected to make their way back. Approximately 200 people, considered health priorities, are to remain in Lloydminster.

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency said Thursday there are 24 wildfires currently burning with six not contained. Cooler temperatures and some rain helped crews battle blazes. The weather forecast for Buffalo Narrows calls for a chance of shows late Friday afternoon.

(With files from the Canadian Press.)