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Firefighters battle to contain 3 Elgin Valley fires

The vegetation fire has been burning through the mountainous valley since Saturday morning.

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

CAPE TOWN - Firefighters are battling to contain three fires in the Elgin Valley.

The vegetation fire has been burning through the mountainous valley since Saturday morning.

Strong wind has hampered firefighting efforts and the slopes of the Elgin valley are covered by smoke for a third day.

The fire has swept over more than 3,000 hectares of vegetation.

Several structures have also been destroyed.

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

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

At the command centre at Houw Hoek Inn, officials seem anxious.

They have been resting, but realise a mammoth task still lies ahead.

The fires remain out of control, but the wind has seemed to die down.

FIRE AND SMOKE ADD MORE PROBLEMS FOR FARMS

It's not just flames causing damage in the Elgin valley, smoke may render grapes unusable.

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) is assisting firefighters still battling the devastating blaze in three different parts of the valley.

Authorities say the situation is currently at its best in past three days, but warn they are now entering the most dangerous time of the day.

The FPA's Blackie Swart says the devastating blaze has caused damage to more than 50 percent of the farms in the Elgin valley.

Farm owner Andrew Gun explains it's not just flames that cause damage.

There may be some relief in sight as firefighters look to be gaining some control in the battle against three fires raging in the valley.

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