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Raging bushfire traps residents in their homes on the outskirts of Sydney

16 April 2018, 06:56 | Taylor George

Sydney bushfire: Firefighters tackle out of control blaze

Sydney bushfire still out of control and may have been deliberately lit

The huge bushfire that blackened nearly 2,500 hectares of land in Sydney's south west over the weekend is believed to be the work of an arsonist.

Water bombers are seen fighting a bushfire in Alfords Point as fire crews watch and wait in Sydney on Sunday.

A bushfire that has burned nearly 1,000 hectares in Sydney's south-west remains out of control but has been downgraded as conditions ease and crews begin back-burning operations.

The NSW RFS has reduced the threat level to "Advice" as fire crews continue to battle the blaze.

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

Firefighters have taken advantage of the conditions to do a back burn along Heathcote Road near Pleasure Point as well as in areas of the Holsworthy military base.

The fire, which started at about 2.30pm on Saturday, has blackened more than 2400 hectares and continues to burn towards Barden Ridge.

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

Aerial footage showed the flames leaping through a forested area, with thick smoke blanketing nearby suburbs and a suburban street at a near standstill as motorists tried to leave.

RFS spokesman Greg Allan said some properties had not escaped unscathed.

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By 5pm, some Menai residents were starting to relax.

New South Wales police have declared the area a crime scene but the RFS says it is too early to know if the fire was started deliberately, SBS reported.

Local resident Jordan Dodin climbs onto a roof to protect the house from fire in Wattle Grove on Saturday night.

NSW Police on Sunday evening announced a task force had been set up to investigate whether the fire, which began in the vicinity of Leacocks Reserve in Casula, was deliberately lit.

Westerly winds are expected to pick up again on Monday afternoon but will not be as extreme as conditions at the weekend.

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

"I am not being dismissive of the loss in any way, but the fact is that's the loss we are talking about rather than people's homes being badly damaged or destroyed", 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".

Heathcote Road remains closed between Macarthur Drive and New Illawarra Road.



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