'Highly suspicious': Sydney bushfire remains out of control

'Highly suspicious': Sydney bushfire remains out of control

So far no homes have been lost though there has been some property damage, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

A blaze at Menai still continues to burn in a south easterly direction toward Barden Ridge - no homes are at risk but crews are on the ground focused on containing the fire.

The fire was downgraded from "emergency level" to "watch and act" on 5.30pm Sunday, then again downgraded to "advice" around 2am Monday.

The RFS at 7am said the easing conditions had allowed firefighters to begin back burning along Heathcote Drive. "There were reported gusts of about 60 kilometres an hour so they'll be reduced", he said yesterday. Several residents report fighting off embers with hoses and water buckets.

Some remembered bad bushfires in the 1990s when homes were destroyed, and were determined to stay and extinguish embers or spot fires as they broke out.

Some residents have been instructed to seek shelter as evacuation is now too unsafe.

"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.

"So I'm sure everyone's been out checking their roof, making sure everything's wetted down and keep an eye on those spot fires".

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On Sunday, more than 500 firefighters in nearly 100 fire trucks, along with 15 aircraft, battled the blaze throughout the day.

Wind speeds are expected to be similar today.

Shane Fitzsimmons from the RFS said the fire was behaving "very aggressively".

"They do believe that temperature-wise and condition-wise, the worst part's behind them".

"We have taken a number of statements from people who called the police and fire services in regards to the fire".

"As we say all the time, no one tolerates this in the community".

2,500 Areain hectares around Holsworthy and Menai that was burned in the blaze, with other nearby areas also under threat.

New South Wales state police are investigating the cause of the bushfire in south-western Sydney, which started on Saturday afternoon amid unseasonably warm autumn weather and strong winds, with suspicions it was deliberately lit.

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