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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 29, 2007


First of all, the Chesbrough Lake area, Widgeon, EBSC and Saw Dust Pile Rd may once again be used with the following restrictions; NO TRAVEL BETWEEN 8 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AND AGAIN FROM 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M. These areas will be patrolled and this WILL be enforced. Any questions, contact the Luce Co.Sheriff's office at 906-293-8431.

Last nights rain brought about 6/10 of an inch of rain over the Sleeper lake fire. Although it was of some help, there are still active areas which have cover from the rain. Fallen trees and scrubs are making it difficult for the moisture to reach the peet and penetrate the ground where the fire continues to burn the root systems.

The exterior of the fire line is cool, however there are still hot spots in the interior. Today a 20 person crew will be sent home (THIS IS THE MISSOURI CREW!!SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT STORY FOR OUR FAREWELL TO THIS GROUP)along with serveral pieces of equipment , and additional demobilization of crews should continue in the coming days.

The evacuation of the Chesbrough lake area has been lifted with restrictions. Residents can get back into their property, however are being asked to stay off the roads from 8 till 10 am each morning and between 6 and 8 in the evening. The roads to and from are narrow and firefighters will still be working in the area.**It is important to remember that all though the evacuation order has been lifted with restrictions, the fire area is still off limits to unauthorized persons.

There remains many hot spots that may not be easily visible to anyone other than personnel who have been working directly in the areas.

The Engadine fire which broke out on Monday afternoon, does have a full line of containment, however, there is a great deal of mop up associated with this fire. Numerous trees are down and the fire has a great deal of heat under the fallen timber. Crews will be working on this fire until further notice.

The burning ban remains in effect and people are encouraged to use extreme caution this Labor day weekend. Currently, there are 8 active fires in Upper Peninsula.

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