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Cooler weather has brought relief in the gruelling fight against wildfires in western Canada, allowing some evacuees to return home.

Across the country, more than 15 million hectares (37 million acres) have burned this season — an area larger than Greece and more than twice the size of the last record of 7.3 million hectares.

Inhabitants of the lakeside cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna were finally breathing a little easier.

Temperatures in the major wine-producing region fell on Monday, followed by light rain Tuesday, helping firefighters slow the advance of fires, which number in the hundreds in the province.

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