About 1,000 evacuees in western Canada allowed to return home as fires continue to rage

Saskatchewan's premiere says about 1,000 fire evacuees from the western Canadian province are being allowed to go home.

Brad Wall says one evacuation order has been lifted and other communities will be cleared later Wednesday.

Wildfires and smoke had forced about 13,000 people out of their homes in 50 communities over the last two weeks.

Officials say rain has fallen in some areas, but the fires remain a concern.

About 1,700 firefighters, including 600 soldiers and reservists, are battling the blazes.

Fires also continue to burn in British Columbia and Alberta. The wildfires have led to air advisories issued across western Canada, as well as parts of the western U.S., due to the thick smoke over the region.