Sydney bushfire downgraded to 'Advice' level

A firefighter pulls a hose as an out-of-control grass fire burns at Holsworthy in Sydney Saturday

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.

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The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark new blazes ahead of the advancing fire front.

But on Sunday morning the NSW Rural Fire Service downgraded the bushfire to a "watch and act" alert.

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

"Residents around that area should monitor the situation, take advice from firefighters in the area and know what they'll do if fire threatens", he said.

A large number of firefighters remain on the ground working to slow the spread of the fire, which continues to burn in a southeasterly direction towards Barden Ridge.

More than 70 fire appliances were stationed along roads dividing bushland from homes while helicopters were dumping water on the fire from above, SBS reported.

The bushfire on Sydney's outskirts, which has been burning since Saturday, has so far burnt through more than 2400 hectares.

RFS spokesperson Greg Allan told the AAP that it's believed that believed that some houses have been damaged.

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"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.

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

A NSW Police investigation is underway into the cause of the fire, as it may have been potentially lit.

Embers posed a serious threat to homes on Saturday night.

NSW Police have set up "Strike Force Carpi" with specialist forensic officers establishing a crime scene in Casula to investigate once circumstances allow.

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

"I think we've got a long way to go before we're out of the woods", he said.

The latest update from NSW RFS warned residents in Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Alfords Point, Barden Ridge, Illawong, Menai and Bangor to remain vigilant, as winds are expected to pick up throughout the day, which could increase the fire activity.

Heathcote Road remains closed between Macarthur Drive and New Illawarra Road while Old Illawarra Road at Barden Ridge has reopened.

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