07/14/2015 14:35 EDT | Updated 07/14/2016 01:12 EDT

Saskatchewan fire evacuees told to hang tight, be critical of social media

Thousands of fire evacuees in Saskatchewan are anxious to return home, but officials are urging them to be patient and ignore rumours.

They say word on social media that an evacuation order will soon be lifted for Montreal Lake is incorrect.

They say there has been some rain but not enough to change the size or scope of the wildfires.

About 13,000 people remain out of their homes in 50 communities north due to a higher than average number fires and hazardous smoke.

More than 1,500 firefighters are in the region, including military.

Evacuees from one reserve were allowed home on the weekend.

The Canadian Press