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Vegetation fire in Houwhoek Pass

The N2 highway road is closed due to the fire and motorists are urged to use the alternative route.

FILE: Firefighters are on the scene. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A large vegetation fire is raging at the Houwhoek Pass in the Western Cape.

The N2 highway road is closed due to the fire and motorists are urged to use the alternative route.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said, "Motorists can't use the Houwhoek Pass, they would have to use other routes and get back to the N2."

@CapeTownFreeway Fire in Houwhoek pass pic.twitter.com/2e9f2cXUVq

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