Sydney bushfire downgraded to 'Advice' level

A fire burns out of control at Holsworthy in south west Sydney

A fire burns out of control at Holsworthy in south west Sydney

Fire and Rescue and RFS Crews from Kariong, Terrigal, Copacabana, Hamlyn Terrace and Wyoming are among the 500 firefighters and 100 trucks fighting the flames in Holsworthy, Menai, Sandy Point and Alfords Point.

"We have had reports of impact on properties in west Menai and Barden Ridge but our crews at the moment are exclusively focused on fighting the fire, " Allan said Sunday evening.

"Residents around that area should monitor the situation, take advice from firefighters in the area and know what they'll do if fire threatens", he said.

Greg Allan from the NSW RFS said that was where resources were being focussed.

Mr Fitzsimmons said if anyone had seen anything they should contact Crime Stoppers.

"While the threat has eased, it is still a fairly vigilant fire ground and we want people to remain vigilant", he said.

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Embers posed a serious threat to homes on Saturday night.

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

"Most of those houses that burnt down were not from the fire front, it was from a spot fire or from a burning ember catching on fire on somebody's roof."

The fire resulted in hundreds of people being evacuated from their homes on Saturday evening with flames nearly reaching properties at Holsworthy and Wattle Grove and spot fires later threatening Sutherland and Menai.

More than 250 firefighters continue to battle bushfires in NSW's southwest, which has spread more than 2,400 hectares since Saturday afternoon.

The blaze was downgraded from emergency level to watch and act about 5.30pm on Sunday as conditions began to ease.

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There's also a risk that winds could also pick up to 35km/h later today.

NSW RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said two giant aircraft, the DC10 Nancybird and the C130 Hercules "Thor" - normally used for aerial water bombing - were not available to help fight the Sydney fire.

"It is unseasonably hot and that's a matter of obviously great concern, but we have to deal with the worst that Mother Nature can throw at us and the worse Australians are presented with by nature, the better it brings out the Australian spirit", he said.

"We're certainly looking to maximise the amount of time we have them here".

Fitzsimmons said it would be "sickening and reprehensible" if the fire was discovered to have been arson.

A NSW Police investigation is underway into the cause of the fire, as it may have been potentially lit.

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