Highlands firefighters assist in controlling Holsworthy Fire

Photo: @NSWRFS via Twitter.

Photo: @NSWRFS via Twitter.

Firefighters from the Southern Highlands have assisted in controlling the Holsworthy Fire in Sydney’s south west. 

On April 14 the RFS Southern Highlands Team dispatched one of the largest deployments of firefighters and tankers to the blaze. 

A NSW Rural Fire Service emergency warning was first issued after 3.30pm on Saturday for the fast-moving bushfire, with residents in the Wattle Grove community and Holsworthy military complex told to shelter in place.

The fire was listed as an ‘emergency warning’ and a total of 60 firefighters and 18 tankers were deployed from the Southern Highlands. 

By Sunday, the blaze had been downgraded. 

As of Monday morning, the fire had been downgraded to ‘advice’ level. 

The fire continues to burn in a south easterly direction towards Barden Ridge. It has currently burnt more than 2,430 hectares.

Nevertheless, residents in suburbs Illawong, Bangor and Picnic Point are continuing to experience ember attacks, and are advised to monitor for spot fires.

NSW Police had earlier speculated that a grass fire in the area, to which emergency services were first alerted at 2.45pm on Saturday, may have been deliberately lit.

AAP, Fairfax Media