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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Monday, August 06, 2007


I have had to put my camera batteries in the charger and as soon as I did, these both flew over close enough to the house that I could actually see the pilot! It never fails! Right over the roof! I could look out my office window and see his face!!! But even these give you an idea of how close to the ground they are flying through here.
Here is another update straight from the DNR
Statewide Toll Free Information 1-877-261-3473

Size: 14,300 acres 8 miles long and 3.5 miles wide -- lines are holding with division improving & extending lines as possible while maintaining current lines. Containment achieved is undetermined at this time.

Location: Between County Road 407, M-123 and East Branch of the Two-Hearted River. Has Not crossed M-123.

Evacuation: M-123 is closed from 4-Mile Corner to County Road 500. Evacuation is from Widgeon Road south to Murphy Creek. This is a precautionary evacuation to avoid a more rushed evacuation in the event that the wind should change or pick-up. No structures are expected to be involved unless the wind picks up later in the afternoon.

Resources: 150 people (DNR, USFWS, Volunteer Fire Departments from Newberry, Columbus Twp, Portage Twp, and Garfield Twp, Hudson Twp, Hendricks Twp, Garfield Twp, local Red Cross Chapter and local keyman firefighters working for DNR. Air Support -Three Helicopters from Camp Grayling with 700 gallon water buckets.

Monday Weather: Winds are currently from the NW and predicted to change to a more northerly direction later today.

Tuesday Weather: Current prediction is for SE winds; however winds have been erratic and could come from any direction.

Current Strategy 1) Construct and hold line on the SW side of the fire 2) Access the need for structure protection along the north and west sides for the fire. 3) Reinforce and patrol the east side of the fire.

Overnight humidity will damp down the fire some, but until we get significant humidity we can only hold the line to the best of our ability.

Access to the evacuated areas in prohibited at this time.

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