Homes threatened as bushfire burns near southwest Sydney

Homes threatened as bushfire burns near southwest Sydney

Homes threatened as bushfire burns near southwest Sydney

Residents in Sydney's south-west are breathing a sigh of relief after a severe bushfire that has burnt more than 2,400 hectares eased overnight.

More than 500 firefighters have been working in "very high temperatures" to tackle a wildfire which has threatened homes on the southwestern outskirts of Sydney.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark new blazes ahead of the advancing fire front.

If a huge bushfire in Sydney's southwest on the weekend was deliberately lit, as authorities suspect, it's a "sickening and reprehensible" act of arson, the NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner says.

"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.

The fire is moving in a south-easterly direction through dense bushland.

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

"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", he told AAP.

Residents in the suburbs of Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point and Illawong, Menai and Bangor were warned of the danger of ember attacks as many scrambled with hoses and buckets to protect their houses.

Many residents in Menai made a decision to remain at their homes and were kept busy fighting ember attacks.

Reports say the unseasonably hot weather of the last few weeks is partly to blame, though police are also investigating what started the blaze and are appealing for witnesses.

"It was pretty scary", he told AAP when finally opening a beer, thankful his house came with sprinklers on the roof.

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The temperature may remain a cause for concern, according to the RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers.

The fire began on Saturday afternoon in Casula and quickly spread to the Holsworthy area, with threat levels reaching "emergency" and forcing residents to evacuate.

"Still quite a hard day ahead (on Monday)", he told the Nine Network.

"I think we've got a long way to go before we're out of the woods", he said.

The RFS is now advising residents in Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Alfords Point, Barden Ridge, Voyager Point, Illawong, Menai & Bangor to "remain vigilant throughout the day and keep themselves up to date by checking the NSW RFS website".

The flames briefly shut a section of the T8 train line, while several roads remain closed.

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