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Elgin Valley fire extinguished

Fire crews have been battling the blaze since Saturday.

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

CAPE TOWN - A vegetation fire in the Elgin Valley in the Western Cape has been extinguished.

Fire crews have been battling the blaze since Saturday.

It's unclear what sparked the fire, but o fficials suspect arson.

More than 3,000 hectares of land has been destroyed

Overberg fire chief Reinhard Geldenhuys says firefighters will remain on high alert.

"We started with a good day. The fires are all out as we speak. But we got a whole new package of wind pumping through. The focus for the day is to keep these lines out."

WATCH: Runaway fires devastate 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.

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