A state of emergency issued near Bonnyville due to an out-of-control wildfire was lifted Thursday.

The blaze broke out Sunday northwest of Bonnyville by Moose Lake.

Shifting winds had fanned the flames towards homes and about 12 residences in the area had to be evacuated.

Families were allowed back into their homes Wednesday.

At the height of the fire, 130 firefighters, 12 water bombers, seven helicopters, nine dozers and other pieces of heavy ground equipment worked to contain the blaze.

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) changed the status of the fire from "out of control" to "being held" Thursday.

A second fire south of Bonnyville has been completely extinguished.

The SRD says the wildfire near Lodgepole is under control while the wildfire near Grassland is being held.

Meanwhile dry conditions have forced Sturgeon County to issue a full fire ban leading into the long weekend.

This covers all open fires including campfires and fires used for cooking.

No new fire permits will be issued and all permits already issued are now considered void.