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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


This report covers yesterday's activities.

The crews had a quiet day on Tuesday due to the 1/2" of rain we received. A few smokes (hot spots) were found and dealt with.

They were able to pull in 26,000 feet of hose off the fire! This is good news! And because it was a quiet day, 101 of the remaining fighters were able to call it an early evening and have a little R&R before retiring.

With the storm that past through yesterday, there were 50 lightening strikes in Luce and Chippewa Co and 20 in Mackinac Co. Apparently there was no fires set as a result because nothing further was said.

There was one injury. A fighter ended up with a scractched cornea.

The burn ban for the U.P. remains in effect.

The little saw-whet owl that was rescued is doing well. He is gaining strength and eating. As I understand it, he will not be returned to the wild. I suppose this is due to the burns on his feet and the broken toes. Sad...

On a personal note; we did get more rain and a LOT of lightening last night. We even experienced low voltage at times. Other times the lightening was so bright that it "turned off" all 5 of our big mercury vapor lights for several minutes at a time. IT gets really dark out there without those lights!

I don't have any more info on the fire over by Engadine and I will see what I can find out later.

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