Firefighters battle to save Sydney homes as blaze rages out of control

Plumes of smoke over suburban Sydney homesThere are reports a massive bushfire has affected properties in Menai and Barden Ridge in Sydney’s south-west, New South Wales fire crews say, as the threat eases to watch and act status.

Key points:
Police are investigating to try and find out what started the fire
Bushfire was downgraded overnight, and has now been downgraded again after reaching emergency level on Sunday
More than 500 firefighters in almost 100 fire trucks, along with 15 aircraft, have battled the blaze
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said the level of damage and the number of properties could not be confirmed, but said the fire had burnt over 2,430 hectares around Holsworthy and Menai.

The RFS has downgraded the bushfire to “watch and act”, replacing the emergency warning which was reissued earlier for the large blaze near the Holsworthy region.

The RFS said large numbers of firefighters would take advantage of the easing conditions and work into the night to bring the fire under control.

However, residents in Sandy Point, Pleasure Point, Voyager Point, Alfords Point, Barden Ridge, Illawong, Menai and Bangor are being warned to keep a close eye on the situation.

via Sydney bushfire: Reports of property affected as fire eases and threat downgraded – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)