Sydney bushfire downgraded to 'Advice' level

A local resident walks past firefighters as the fire burns at Holsworthy

Firefighters worked through the night to backburn areas around Heathcote Road near Pleasure Point, as well as the Holsworthy military base.

"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.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) could not immediately confirm the level of damage.

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

"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.

Fire conditions eased later in the day, allowing firefighters to step up efforts to bring the blaze under control.

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"The good news is that the wind conditions will be easing, so we should see winds that are about half the speeds of what we had".

"It will be a tough week for firefighters because unfortunately, what we really need is a meaningful rain right across this fire ground and right across other parts of NSW", he said. Several residents report fighting off embers with hoses and water buckets.

Local MP Craig Kelly said because most of the communities in the area were quite bushy and remote, residents understood the risk of bushfires.

"I can't believe homes were not lost in this fire", said RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, praising the work of firefighters and residents who followed their bushfire survival plan.

"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."

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

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Flash Flood Watches has been posted for the western half of the state and will last throughout the rest of our Saturday evening. The timing of the event is not certain but the forecast calls for storms to start entering the Shoals by pre-dawn Saturday .

The blaze was downgraded from watch-and-act to advice about 2am on Monday.

But high temperatures remain a cause for concern, Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers warned.

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

"It's very unseasonal - the fire conditions we've been seeing - and obviously if that becomes the norm then we have to review the period of time that we have them", he said.

Mr Fitzsimmons said it was possible that winds could strengthen again and elevate the fire danger.

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