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WC Agriculture MEC urges extra caution as fires rage on

Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has praised firefighters for their tireless efforts.

A helicopter water-bombs flames in Hawston, Elgin Valley, after fires have been raging there for two days. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has urged members of the public to practice extra caution as fires continue to rage across the Western Cape.

Firefighters are attending to blazes the Elgin Valley and Hawston.

Crews managed to contain a fire in the Overstrand town of Hawston earlier today and remain on scene.

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.

Winde has praised firefighters for their tireless efforts after firefighters battled three blazes in the Elgin Valley, which also destroyed three farm structures.

"We know that it's extremely hot and dry at the moment. There is a massive risk of fire and we ask that everyone is vigilant, we don't' want to create more opportunity for fire to start."

HOUWHOEK PASS FIRE: MEERENVLEI ESTATE RESIDENTS EVACUATED

Meerenvlei was evacuated yesterday as flames, raging on along the Houwhoek Pass in the Overberg district, threatened the estate.

Residents were shocked as they were told to leave their homes.

They were asked to evacuate Meerenvlei estate because the flames were at the time a couple of hundred meters away.

The Hawston Secondary School served as a place of safety for the residents.

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