Sydney bushfire downgraded to 'Advice' level

Sydney bushfire downgraded to 'Advice' level

Embers posed a serious threat to homes on Saturday night.

It tore through the Holsworthy military range and more than 500 personnel from the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force battled to protect properties.

Early this morning the threat level decreased to 'watch and act, ' and then again to 'advice, ' but firefighters have urged locals to remain vigilant and have a bush fire survival plan in place.

"Residents in the area of Sandy Point and Alfords Point should continue to monitor the conditions as they could change quickly", the RFS said in an alert at 6am.

Waterbombers were on the scene throughout the afternoon, however windy conditions are hampering firefighters's efforts. "There were reported gusts of about 60 kilometres an hour so they'll be reduced", he said yesterday.

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

Many property owners stayed to protect their homes from spot fires - luckily no homes or lives were lost.

"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".

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes on Saturday night, with the flames burning within metres of properties in Holsworthy and Wattle Grove.

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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.

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

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.

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

"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.

The RFS said there was very little rain forecast over the next few days across the fire ground and most parts of the state.

Police believe the fire may have been lit on objective and are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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