A scrub fire at McCauley’s Beach on Sunday night is believed to have been deliberately lit.
Bulli and Thirroul fire crews responded to the out-of-control blaze, just north of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy.
The slow-moving fire burnt through an area about the size of two football fields.
Early reports indicate the flames did not come close enough to threaten the embassy.
The fire, which is being treated as suspicious, comes after six weeks without meaningful rainfall to the area.
”The conditions are very dry,” Bulli Station Officer Murray Oastler.
“We’re just trying to put it all out before the southerly change comes through at midnight.
‘’Our main concern is to ensure there’s no sparks or embers.”
Mr Oastler said Bulli crews attended a fire in the same area on Saturday night.
Chris Duczynski, a professional photographer and resident of McCauley’s Estate, said he wandered down to the beach when he saw a red glow in the bushes.
He said the fire was burning in multiple places and had set surrounding trees alight.
“A crowd of people were standing around watching,” he said.