Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Sydney bushfire downgraded to 'Advice' level

Sydney bushfire downgraded to 'Advice' level

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. "Large numbers of firefighters will continue to work into the night to bring the fire under control".

"This huge blaze has been fought in very high temperatures, very high winds, unseasonal conditions, and has been done so in a way which has seen, to date, no injuries and no serious damage to property", Mr Turnbull said.

The RFS at 7am said the easing conditions had allowed firefighters to begin back burning along Heathcote Drive.

"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".

The NSW RFS said there were no reports of fatalities, or homes being destroyed yet.

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

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

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

"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".

An unspecified number of Menai and Barden Ridge residents left their homes after New South Wales authorities declared a state of emergency as nearly 100 firefighting trucks and 15 aircraft continued fighting back the blaze, Efe news agency reported.

The grass fire began in Casula on Saturday afternoon and quickly spread through Moorebank, Wattle Grove, Holsworthy, Menai and Heathcote.

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

"They do believe that temperature-wise and condition-wise, the worst part's behind them". "As we say all the time, no one tolerates this in the community", said Mr Fitzsimmons.

Police are investigating whether the fire was deliberately lit. (9NEWS) More than 500 firefighters have worked to contain the blaze over the weekend.

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