Hundreds of Macarthur and Wollondilly firefighters helped battle a huge blaze which threatened homes in the Sutherland and Liverpool areas last weekend.
Firefighters worked 12 hour shifts to fight the fire that's so far blackened about 2500 hectares of land.
The blaze, which began on Saturday afternoon and may have been deliberately lit, was fanned by strong winds on Sunday and approached suburban streets.
Rural Fire Service Macarthur Zone Group Captain Andrew McDonald said there was a huge amount of effort put in by local volunteers and emergency service personnel.
“It’s been an excellent effort from crews as well as Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Ambulance,” he said.
“The RFS would not exist without our volunteers – their efforts are invaluable.
“They have been out and about since Saturday and a lot of them are still out now – spending more than half the day away from home to help.”
Mr McDonald said the fire was especially challenging to fight this late in the bushfire season.
“From a local level we have not had a fire this large or intense in a long time,” he said.
“Many of our aviation assets that we usually rely on have gone to the Northern hemisphere to fight fires in their bushfire season.
“But we have not lost any homes, no serious property loss and no serious injuries so I think that’s important to note.”
Mr McDonald also thanked Moorebank Sports Club for opening up their doors as an evacuation centre and a base of operations for the RFS.
Firefighters continue to battle an active fire in the Barden Ridge and Lucas Heights area.