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Firefighters battle Helderberg blaze

New crews have since been deployed to help tackle the fire that has been raging for the past 24 hours.

Hot and windy conditions have prevented firefighters from extinguishing a large mountain fire in the Helderberg area on 9 January 2015. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Hot and windy conditions have prevented firefighters from extinguishing a large mountain fire in the Helderberg area.

The blaze has been raging over the past 24 hours.

New crews have since been deployed to help firefighting efforts.

The smell of smoke hangs in the air as helicopters continue to water bomb the inferno.

The firefighters appear to be slowly making headway in a bid to extinguish the large blaze.

Hot, dry and windy conditions have, however, proven to be a lethal combination as teams have been hard at work since yesterday's afternoon. There are fears the wind could pick up later.

Working on Fire has at least three helicopters, 75 firefighters and 12 additional teams hard at work.

Officials have managed to contain the fire, but it will take some time before it's completely extinguished.

The current Western Cape fire season has been described by experts as the worst in several years.

They've blamed adverse weather conditions and human error for this.

More than 30 firefighters extinguished a large blaze raging on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town yesterday.

WATCH: Helicopter pilots skillfully water-bombing a fire which broke out on Signal Hill in Cape Town on 8 January 2015.