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Alberta wildfire evacuees hoping weather will bring relief

05/14/2013 03:23 EDT | Updated 07/14/2013 05:12 EDT
About 200 central Alberta residents are hoping rainfall and calmer winds will help them return to their homes soon.

Two out-of-control wildfires forced the evacuation of Lodgepole and Nordegg on the weekend.

Today rain is falling in the area and winds have died down significantly.

The Lodgepole fire remains just over two kilometres west of the town.

Fire officials say they're making progress after fire guards held the wildfires overnight.

Two water bombers and 12 helicopters are helping the more than 120 firefighters on the front lines.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development is setting up a 250-person camp for crews fighting the fire.

More than 100 firefighters are fighting the Nordegg fire.

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