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

Dark smoke fills the sky at Holsworthy. Source Instagram  Shiresmith

Dark smoke fills the sky at Holsworthy. Source Instagram Shiresmith

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

Residents in Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Alfords Point, Barden Ridge, Illawong, Menai and Bangor were told to be prepared to activate their bushfire survival plans should conditions change.

"They've been assisting the firefighters on the ground in that Heathcote Road area who will be doing what they can as the evening progresses to bring that fire under control".

More than 140 firefighters are battling an out-of-control blaze in Sydney's south-west, where the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has told people in some areas it is too late to leave.

Conditions are expected to aid the firefighting effort on Monday, with winds about half the strength they were on Sunday.

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

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

The fire, which began on Saturday afternoon and may have been deliberately lit, was fanned by strong winds on Sunday and approached suburban streets.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday said: "It's absolutely a miracle that overnight no one has been reported as having a serious injury and hundreds of properties have been saved".

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"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".

The fire resulted in hundreds of people being evacuated from their homes on Saturday evening with flames nearly reaching properties at Holsworthy and Wattle Grove and spot fires later threatening Sutherland and Menai.

On Sunday, more than 500 firefighters in nearly 100 fire trucks, along with 15 aircraft, battled the blaze throughout the day.

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

He said the aircraft had unfortunately already been returned to the United States because they were always sent back by the end of March when temperatures were traditionally cooler.

"We're certainly looking to maximise the amount of time we have them here".

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

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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