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Sydney fire eases, firefighter recovers

AAP logoAAP 13/11/2016

A bushfire that threatened lives and homes in western Sydney at the weekend has been contained as firefighters take advantage of calmer conditions to mop up.

While a firefighter who suffered a fractured collar bone as she helped stave off the ferocious blaze has been released from Nepean Hospital and is said to be in good spirits.

Twenty-four-year-old Nadia Knox was among hundreds of fireighters who protected 55 homes from the fast-moving bushfire at Londonderry, north of Penrith, in hot and windy conditions on Sunday.

"We are so grateful that her injuries are not worse. I spoke to her briefly last night. She is in good spirits," RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told the Seven Network on Monday.

Firefighters carried out back-burning around containment lines as conditions eased overnight, with close to 400ha of land scorched since the blaze flared up at about 11.30am on Sunday.

Firies will spend Monday in mop-up phase, Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

Residents around Northern Road in Londonderry were on Sunday evening told they were free to move around again when the fire warning was downgraded.

Firefighters deployed several aircraft as they tackled the blaze during the day, including the whopping water bomber "Thor".

The flames were fanned by average wind speeds of 30km/h with gusts of up to 50km/h in the area.

The fire started only 1km away from a massive blaze which swept the area earlier this month.

On November 4, a fire allegedly started by a 16-year-old boy in the neighbouring suburb of Llandilo destroyed one home, damaged several properties and burnt 300ha.

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