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

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

A massive bush fire burning in Sydney's southwest is getting closer to Australia's only nuclear reactor.

"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". Several residents report fighting off embers with hoses and water buckets.

"We went from more than 500 firefighters yesterday and into last night, and we are now down to just 250 firefighters, but if we need to, that will scale up", NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters on Monday.

"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.

Many property owners stayed to protect their homes from spot fires - luckily no homes or lives were lost.

Some residents have been instructed to seek shelter as evacuation is now too risky.

It's unclear if Friday's fires reignited on Saturday or if someone may have deliberately lit the blaze which has now burned through nearly 2500 hectares of bushland focused on the Holsworthy military range.

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The Holsworthy fire - which has burned 1000 hectares - resulted in hundreds of people leaving their homes on Saturday evening with flames nearly reaching properties at Holsworthy and Wattle Grove and spot fires later threatening Sutherland and Menai.

Over the weekend the blaze was declared an emergency a number of times but was downgraded to watch and act when winds dropped down to around 15 to 25 kilometres per hour.

But the fire service said the blaze had burned about 2,500ha around Holsworthy and Menai, with other nearby areas also under threat.

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.

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

"As we say all the time, no one tolerates this in the community".

The RFS said there was very little rain forecast over the next few days across the fire ground and most parts of the state.

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