A bushfire has caused major traffic disruption on the M1 motorway, formally known as the F3, north of Sydney.

The Rural Fire Service says the blaze is a hazard reduction burn that got out of control when the wind changed direction.

The fire then jumped the motorway at Morisset near Wyee Road.

The M1 was closed for about an hour, but one lane is now open in each direction.

Significant delays are expected as commuters head home.

RFS spokesman Stuart O'Keefe says crews had no choice but to close the road.

"The major concern was the fire activity at the time on the freeway," he said.

"It was on the median strip and on the edge of the road, so for those motorists caught in that particular area it would have been quite frightening from that particular time. The flames were quite intense."

The RFS says no properties are under threat from the blaze.

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