Fire and Rescue NSW put out a fire threatening houses in Denmark Street, Merrylands on Saturday, April 7.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a large area of grass burning within vacant land at the rear of houses, being fanned by strong winds.
Additional firefighting units were responded to the scene and perimeter control was established to stop the fire reaching houses.
Firefighters from Merrylands, Guildford and Parramatta stations and Parramatta Duty Commander responded to the scene.
The fire burned to the rear of six houses, however was stopped by firefighters before the flames could reach the houses.
Firefighters were concerned about a metal shed, which contained several drums of petrol and was in the fires path; fortunately firefighters were able to stop the fire igniting the shed contents.
Several firefighters were deployed to Meakin Street to the west and Denmark Street to the east, containing the fire on east and west edges and protecting houses either side.
The fire took approximately one hour to completely extinguish.
Fast response of the initial firefighters enabled rapid fire control operations to be commeneced and fire spread limited.
The fire was particularly fast moving and intense, due to the winds and dryness of grass at this particular location.
Police attended the scene and are conducting investigations.
Firefighters believe the fire may have been accidentally started due to an unauthorised burn-off that got out of control.
Ambulance officers attended the scene and assessed several residents who were in close proximity to the fire and smoke plume.
No persons were transported to hospital.