The moment a passenger train went through a Sydney bushfire

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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.

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

"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, " Allan said Sunday evening.

It tore through the Holsworthy military range and more than 500 personnel from the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force battled to protect properties.

The fire, which started at about 2.30pm on Saturday, has blackened more than 2400 hectares and continues to burn towards Barden Ridge.

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.

Once pristine bushland has been ravaged by the fires.

"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.

Many residents in Menai chose to remain at their homes and were kept busy fighting ember attacks.

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Daniel Borg, who lives on Hall Drive in Menai alongside bushland, admitted it was concerning to see how close the flames came.

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

While lower wind conditions are expected to help with containing the fire, RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers warned that the high temperatures remain an issue.

Local resident Jordan Dodin climbs onto a roof to protect the house from fire in Wattle Grove on Saturday night.

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

"I am not being dismissive of the loss in any way, but the fact is that's the loss we are talking about rather than people's homes being badly damaged or destroyed", he said.

"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.

Heathcote Road remains closed on Monday in both directions from Lucas Heights to Holsworthy.

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