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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.

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. Picture: Ilze-Marie Meintjes/EWN.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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