A 100 hectare blaze near Karikari in Northland has been contained by firefighters.
The blaze started after a car hit a power pole near Lake Ohia yesterday afternoon.
One person was seriously injured in the crash, which also caused a power cut.
Carol Stensness said the fire was closest to her property on Ramp Rd - where the fire broke out.
She said tinder-dry conditions and high winds had been hampering efforts.
A nearby freedom camp was evacuated yesterday and four other properties on Ramp Rd were evacuated today.
Fire Emergency services said all those evacuated had now returned home.
Four helicopters, 30 crews and a 12 ton digger were at the scene trying to take the fire under control.
There has been a fire-ban in the area since November.