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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!

Sunday, August 05, 2007


This is the most current info I have; 9700 acres have burned so far. The helicopter with the big water bucket is returning and we are getting two planes to assist as well.

The wind today is out of the south (as it was yesterday). I can hear planes in the air, but they are also using a spotter plane (as I've been told anyway). The DNR is bulldozing "a road" back towards Cheeseborough Lake in order to create a fire boundary in order to be able to get to the fire.

Stay tuned...and again, I can't say enough about the effort that is being put forth with this whole thing.


  1. Anonymous12:58 PM


    Great job reporting. We are right down the road from you on 407 and last night's view of the smoke was impressive. And you are right about the tremendous efforts put forth by the firefighters.


  2. Anonymous3:49 PM

    Cathy, I just found your blog and appreciate it very much. My husband and I were evacuated from our camp in the Chesbrough Lake area on Friday. We stayed at a motel in Newberry Friday night, hoping to be able to get back to our camp on Saturday. Obviously we could not. We will be checking your blog often, we are obviously concerned about losing our cabin.
    You're right, the DNR and Luce county sheriff's dept are doing a great job with this huge fire. I had an opportunity to interact with Sheriff Erickson. What a nice guy, and he appeared quite cool and in control of the situation.

  3. Joyce, hopefully by the DNR taking this approach it will save those cabins that are back that way.

    The sky has actually had clouds in it today instead of just smoke that look like clouds.

    Keep checking back. I will update as often as I have accurate info.


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