A Bushfire Still Burning in Sydney's West is Being Treated as Suspicious

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

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".

"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.

RFS spokesman Greg Allan said powerful wind gusts on Sunday created challenging conditions for firefighters, but the forecast for today was a definite improvement. "There were reported gusts of about 60 kilometres an hour so they'll be reduced", he said yesterday.

More than 500 firefighters were on the ground battling the blaze with 15 firefighting and reconnaissance aircraft joining the operation.

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

Despite the fire's size and its proximity to several suburbs, with some locals evacuated from their homes, no properties were known to be lost, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said.

"We believe it might have been a deliberately lit fire", Inspector Mitch Newtown said on Saturday night.

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Major roads separating bushland and residences were cut off in some areas, and fire services used helicopters to dump water over key points.

"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 Holsworthy fire - which has burned 1000 hectares - resulted in hundreds of people leaving their homes on Saturday evening with flames nearly reaching properties at Holsworthy and Wattle Grove and spot fires later threatening Sutherland and Menai.

Fire investigators and police are working to establish how the fire was started.

The fire has burned almost 2,500 hectares of land, the RFS said.

"How dare anyone in society think they can deliberately light a fire, endanger all these men and women - the vast majority who are volunteers - putting their lives on the line to try and bring these fires under control and, in turn, put so many members of the community (at risk)", the commissioner said.

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