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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!

Friday, August 17, 2007


The Governor signed Executive Proclamation No. 2007-1 today which bans outdoor burning in 75 counties. This ban will take effect tomorrow beginning at 4:36 PM. While the burn ban does not go into effect until tomorrow, we strongly urge people to not have outdoor fires of any kind.

Winds today were from the northwest with gusts to 30 mph and the relative humidity dropped to the high teens or low 20’s on the fire. Some of the interior islands burned today with the low humidity and high winds. Some spot fires occurred on the west side of the fire but firefighters were able to contain these spots with resources already on site.

Today firefighters installed over a mile of irrigation pipe in order to get water to difficult to reach hot spots along the fireline. These pipelines, in conjunction with hose lays and the use of pumps, will enable firefighters to cool down the hot spots that are threatening existing control lines. Tomorrow firefighters will continue to install additional irrigation pipe, hose and pumps in various locations of the fire.

The weekend is here and with it visitors will be flocking north to enjoy the many recreational opportunities near Newberry. The 14th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival is scheduled for this weekend in Paradise, Michigan. With the weekend approaching and the wealth of recreational opportunities in the area, we are expecting increased traffic on M123. Travelers should watch their speed on the roads in the vicinity of the Sleeper Lake Fire and keep their lights on for safety.

Size: Estimated at 18,020 acres. 62% contained. (A new ground GPS was done so the acreage IS less than what was thought!)

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