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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!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Alger County is "next door" to Luce County....

Wildfire hits Alger County

By Mary Feldhusen - mfeldhusen@dailypress.net

MUNISING — A fire that began around 1:20 Monday afternoon in Alger County had burned an estimated 72 acres as of Monday night.

The fire is burning near Doe Lake, 4419 Section 16, said Celeste Chingwa, fire specialist with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources.“They have a control line around it and will be working it hard this morning,” Chingwa said today. The fire is burning in a field area with a lot of sand underneath.

Firefighters figure they’ll have a good handle on the fire later today, but winds are supposed to pick up later in the day, said Chingwa. Six DNR units are on the scene with trucks, tractors and other equipment. Eleven to 15 DNR firefighters are working in cooperation with volunteers from local fire departments, Chingwa said.

Those volunteers will be shuttling water again today to pump into the fire area. The forest service is there as well, said Chingwa. The agency had a hand crew of about 20 on the scene who held the fire along one edge. Acreage burned thus far in the fire was only estimated Monday, Chingwa said. DNR workers will be doing a global positioning system mapping of the fire area this morning. Cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Monday night, said Chingwa.

Extremely dry conditions are evident throughout the Upper Peninsula.


  1. We were just wondering if there were any updates, on the fire in Alger County. The only source i found with info after reading your blog, was in the Daily Mining Journal, but have not seen or heard of any updates. And by the way Cathy Clemntz you have done an awesome job at keeping us all updated on the Luce County Fire.

  2. Sandy, I haven't heard anything more so, as usual, I have to beleive that is good news. If I do find out anything I will post it.

    Thanks for the compliment. I do my best to make sure everyone has accurate info.

  3. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Cathy and Sandy,
    I live here in Alger County and drove by the fire area a couple hours ago. Just a little smoke is what it looked like to me. Seen quite a few people out there with hand tools though. We got some much needed raing yesterday morning so i'm sure that helped. But all in all I would say that it poses no threat at this time. Also Cathy, great job on your fire coverage, being a neighbor I have been paying close attention to what has been going on. BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE OVER THERE!

  4. Anonymous, thanks for that update. No one had said anything more about it over this way.

    We're all in this together! Dan and I (and many, MANY others) were so afraid when this fire first started, if that back burn along M-123 hadn't stopped it, it would have burned all the way to Mackinac Bridge. There is so much jack pine and timbered out areas on that side of M-123. So, our area has been very fortunate on several occasions with this fire.


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