Lake Ohau Village has been largely turned to ash after a raging forest fire ripped through the area overnight.
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Dozens of homes appear to have been burned in the fire near Lake Ohau.
Source: Gary Kircher
About 30 houses and just as many cars are believed to have been destroyed in the blaze after it blitzed through the Mackenzie Country area last night.
Two other fires have also erupted in the South Island this morning, fuelled by high winds which have fanned the flames and made them difficult to contain.
Scenes after a fire at Lake Ohau Village, Mackenzie Country.
Source: Supplied/David Stone
Fire and Emergency says the Ohau fire is burning through pine forest and grass in the Mackenzie Basin, with 16 fire crews on the ground and five helicopters fighting it.
There is a mixture of shock and confusion among the