More than 500 firefighters have worked desperately through the night to stop an out-of-control blaze tearing through residential neighbourhoods in Sydney’s south-west.
Police are investigating to try and find out what started the fire
Cooler temperatures have allowed firefighters to start back-burning
The NSW RFS says the fire is still “very active” and burning in dry, windy conditions
The fire has been burning since Saturday and already destroyed more than 1,000 hectares of bushland around Holsworthy and Menai.
Emergency warnings were issued for people in a dozen suburbs, who were told it was “too late to leave” as embers rained down.
However, the bushfire is yet to destroy homes or kill anyone and early this morning, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) downgraded its rating to “watch and act”.
The fire was initially burning in a south-easterly direction, but a wind change early this morning meant Sandy Point and Alfords Point were threatened.