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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 19, 2007


Size: Estimated at 18,020 acres and 65% contained.

Location: Luce County. 6.5 miles north of the Village of Newberry.

Resources: Current resources on the fire include numerous dozers, water units, engines, hand crews from various states, marsh masters, and approximately 226 personnel.

Weather: The weather forecast for Sunday calls for temperatures to reach 69 degrees, humidity at 44%, winds from the east and southeast at 4 to 8 mph with gusts up to 18mph.

Wind speeds were down and humidity was up, enabling firefighters to continue mop up on some portions of the fire and expand the control lines in other areas. The water show continued with hand crews laying more hose along various portions of the fire. Pipeline and hose lays are being used to get water to difficult to access portions of the fire.

This morning an inversion settled over the vicinity of the fire, leading to the temporary closure of County Road 407. An inversion is also expected tomorrow morning so please drive with caution, keep your lights on and consider delaying your travel in this area until after 10:30 a.m. when the inversion typically lifts.

This will be the last day that we release two media updates. Beginning tomorrow we plan to release only one update at 7PM each evening, unless we have urgent, breaking news.
The Newberry Incident Command Center’s phone number is 906-293-3293. Ada Takacs is the Lead Public Information Officer. For updated information call 1-877-261-3473. Information about the Sleeper Lake Fire is regularly posted on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

A PERSONAL NOTE; THE LAST TWO MORNINGS, IT HAS BEEN SOME WHAT SMOKY AND A SLIGHT ODOR, LIKE YOU SMELL WHEN YOU DOUSE A CAMPFIRE. Once the sun comes out and it warms up, the smoke and the smell go away. This is NOTHING to be alarmed about!

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