Officials said the rain and shifting winds helped combat major forest fires in northern Quebec, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday.
"We're lifting the state of emergency. We want to bring our people home," said George Cheezo, public safety officer for the northern community of Eastmain, near James Bay.
Fires burning near Eastmain forced about 300 people to evacuate last week.
Cheezo said those residents will be back in their homes Saturday.
"Everything will settle down," Cheezo said.
The fires have so far burned more than 864,869 acres.
"Year after year we have fires in the North, but not as big as this one," said Jacques Viger, the head of civil protection for Abitibi-Temiscamingue and Northern Quebec.
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