Wa­ter lev­els drop as heat rises in the south

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A sig­nif­i­cant drop off in flow meant Southland Fish & Game dashed to White­stone River in Fiord­land to save fish, in­clud­ing brown and rain­bow trout, adult lam­prey, up­land bul­lies and longfin eels. They planned to re­lease the fish fur­ther down the catch­ment.

Fish and Game field of­fi­cer Co­hen Ste­wart said there was no doubt that re­cent weather con­di­tions had made fish­ing a bit more chal­leng­ing.

Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures were quite high, at times reach­ing 26 de­grees dur­ing the peak of the day, which was not ideal for trout.

‘‘These warm tem­per­a­tures tend to make the trout a bit lazy. In­stead of ac­tively for­ag­ing for food they will be seek­ing refuge un­der wil­low trees or in deep pools.’’

Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand is­sued a to­tal fire ban in the re­gion this week, as fire­fight­ers bat­tled a large scrub fire near Tu­at­a­pere.

A fire com­mu­ni­ca­tions spokes­woman said fire­fight­ers were no­ti­fied about 4pm on Sun­day of a scrub fire of more than two hectares on a prop­erty on the Pa­p­a­to­tara Coast Rd.

A fi­nal mop up job took place yes­ter­day.

‘‘The ex­pe­ri­ence was fan­tas­tic. They played for about 20 min­utes prior to the men's semis.’’

Julz Orr

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