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Runaway fire rages on, structures destroyed in Elgin Valley

A fire has swept over more than 3,000 hectares of vegetation & destroyed several structures.

Firefighters battle fires that raged in Hawston in the Elgin Valley. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A fire in the Elgin area has swept over more than 3,000 hectares of vegetation.

Several structures have also been destroyed.

The fire broke out on Saturday and has yet to be brought under control.

A wedding reception and a campsite were evacuated over the weekend.

Overberg fire chief Reinhard Geldenhuys says an arsonist may have started the fire.

"The fire that we're dealing with now and while we were busy with that one, another one started. Now, there was no other reason except human invention for the second start - that was about four kilometres away."

WATCH: _Hundreds of hectares of vegetation have been reduced to ash as the Elgin Valley fire rages on. _

Meanwhile, firefighters have managed to contain a blaze in Hawston.

The local municipality's Lester Smith says no property was in danger.

"The fire is contained but not under control yet. We're currently putting out all hot sports to make sure it doesn't start again."

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.

Click here to take a look at EWN's special feature on the 2015 fire.