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Elgin Valley fire contained

The fire was sparked on Saturday and has ravaged thousands of hectares of vegetation and farmland.

Two firefighters radio on the front lines of the fire while a helicopter prepares to water-bomb the raging flames. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A bush fire in the Elgin Valley has now been contained.

Farmers and firefighters joined forces to bring the blaze under control.

It was sparked on Saturday and has ravaged thousands of hectares of vegetation and farmland.

Local Government and Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell said, "I am very glad to work with very competent people. We've got the capacity and the people to deal with the fire to this extent. This is about 3000 hectares. We've also had the airforce come in to help us so it's a joint effort and seeing people working together to solve a problem, I think that's very positive."

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

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

WATCH: Runaway fire devastates the Cape's Elgin Valley

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

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