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 as many cars are believed to have been destroyed in the on-going blaze after it blitzed through the Mackenzie Country village last night.
Just how the raging fire began is not yet known according to Civil Defence Minister Peni Henare.
Minister Henare says the situation is a matter of “wait and see” as to what extent the damage caused will be but there is no indication as to what may have triggered the fire.
Several homes have been turned to ash after being engulfed in flames overnight.
“As of now, there is still no understanding of how the fire started at