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Houwhoek Pass fire: Meerenvlei estate residents evacuated

Residents are left in a state of shock as they are told to leave their homes.

Residents have been asked to evacuate Meerenvlei estate as the flames are a couple of hundred meters away. Picture: Ilze-Marie Meintjes/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Meerenvlei in the Western Cape is currently being evacuated as flames, raging on along the Houwhoek Pass in the Overberg district, are threatening the estate.

#ElginFire firefighters battling raging flames in the Overberg. pic.twitter.com/ER8suEaCuW

Firefighters haven't been able to extinguish the vegetation fire which started yesterday.

The fire has edged closer to the residential area in the last hour.

#ElginFire helicopters at Meerenvlei. pic.twitter.com/s6dV3Y0LtQ

Residents are left in a state of shock as they are told to leave their homes.

They have been asked to evacuate Meerenvlei estate as the flames are a couple of hundred meters away.

#ElginFire winds seem to be pushing fire seaward but flames also seem to be creeping towards some homes. pic.twitter.com/XNNb2AXqd0

Resident Jeanette Maritz says she is scared.

"I'm scared and worried. I think if it was started by children, I'm very concerned in terms of the social aspect of it, and then the damage to the environment."

The Hawston Secondary School will serve as a place of safety for the evacuated residents.

#ElginFire Firefighters are still battling the blaze--no one has been evaucated from Meerenvlei yet. pic.twitter.com/Oloy1rqxZv

#ElginFire As the fire looms nearer to houses at Meerensee, people begin their evacuation. @ThomHolder pic.twitter.com/CMMrkyJNSd

#ElginFire VolunteerWildfireServices crew prepare to stop the fire from jumping to a hotspot. @ThomHolder pic.twitter.com/RjOHPuuWGy

#ElginFire Working on Fire team has been deployed to try and prevent the fire spreading into Meerenvlei estate IM pic.twitter.com/N2SVsJ2dLI

Cape Town's hot and dry summer conditions often make it susceptible to wildfires. Last year was particularly devastating, with 5,000 hectares of vegetation being burnt. The fire took four days to bring under control and damaged or destroyed 13 homes.

Take a look at EWN's special feature on the 2015 fire http://ewn.co.za/Features/Scorched-Earth

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