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State of emergency lifted in Timmins after rain dampens forest fires

The mayor of Timmins, Ont., says the city has lifted a state of emergency after rain dampened forest fires in northeastern Ontario.

Mayor Tom Laughren made the announcement at a news conference this morning.

The fire has not grown since Saturday and remains at 39,500 hectares, about 30 kilometres away from the centre of the Timmins.

Weaker winds and cloud cover are helping to keep smoke away from the city.

Meanwhile in Kirkland Lake to the southeast, Mayor Bill Enouy says officials are keeping their state of emergency in place. Hydro crews expect to restore power to two area mines.

The chief of the nearby Mattagami First Nation is allowing residents to return home today.