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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!

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Besides finding out that I had posted a VERY INCORRECT map (and you have NO idea how badly I feel about that), I found out some interesting info about the various units helping with the fire.

First of all, the National Guard is supposed to be here this afternoon with four helicopters.  Last word had it that the tankers that are hauling their fuel up here were waiting for permission to cross Mackinac Bridge (hazardous material).  They hope to have them in the air yet today.

The Minnesota tankers (planes that scoop up water in their belly by flying very low over a lake) and the one chopper that is here already could NOT fly this morning because of all the smoke.  They would have had no idea where they were going.  Finally a day without wind.  They figured that they would have been in the air by early afternoon (if not before).

Several local fire departments are assisting.  It appears their main goal is to try to water down properties that might be in a potential area of fire.  Also LEO is keeping an eye on properties while everyone is vacated.

The DNR hopes that VERY soon that they will be able to take people back in to their property in order to see how their property was affected.  That does not mean that you will be able to stay.

And the DNR is asking for people who have property to contact them at this number and leave your property address and who you are.  It will make getting in touch with the right people a lot quicker....

They are putting in 16 hour shifts working this fire.  It has not advanced very far over night nor today from the sounds of it (thanks to the weather).  Rain is still in the forecast, but none of the DNR personnel are holding their breath on that.

1 comment:

  1. Joyce Peterson11:21 PM

    Please don't feel badly about the map thing; completely not your fault. We have a camp in the area and I found Yooper Yarns trying to find info on the Sleeper Lake fire. Your reporting on this is so appreciated, keep up the great work. This fire is so much scarier than the Sleeper Lake fire.


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