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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, May 25, 2012


The winds were horrific all day yesterday and most of the night.  Normally we don't have winds at night so we all hoped that would be the case due to the big fires up here.

About 3 a.m. it stopped blowing and started raining, but not that much.  I don't know if it even rained to the north of us where they really need it.

Duck Lake fire has apparently consumed over 10,000 acres by now and it is roughly a mile wide and 5 miles long.

Fast-moving wildfire in Mich. consumes 9,500 acres

May 25, 2012, 6 a.m. EDT
NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire in Michigan's Upper Peninsula burned early Friday, consuming at least 9,500 acres, or nearly 15 square miles, and prompting evacuations as dry conditions aided the blaze, officials said.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the blaze it's calling the Duck Lake Fire was in an area north of Newberry that includes Lake Superior State Forest land and approached Lake Superior. It was detected Wednesday after a lightning strike and intensified Thursday — burning along the tops of jack pine trees in the forest.
"Strong winds and high temperatures ... enabled the fire to escape," the DNR said in a statement.
No injuries were reported, the DNR said. Homes in the Pike Lake area were evacuated because of the blaze. Evacuees were sent to a shelter set up at the Newberry Youth Center and were being helped by the American Red Cross.
The fire is one of two major wildfires in the area.
Crews have been fighting a fire at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Schoolcraft County that was started Sunday by a lighting strike. The Seney fire, located west of the Duck Lake Fire, had burned 3,000 to 3,200 acres, or roughly 5 square miles, as of Thursday night.
At the Duck Lake Fire, crews used tractor plows, bulldozers, fire engines and other vehicles to fight the blaze. In addition to dozens of DNR firefighters, crews from several departments in the area were sent to help fight the blaze.
The DNR said an earlier fire broke out in the area Monday afternoon. Located near Pike Lake, the fire had been contained to 22 acres by Monday night. Crews were working to put out hot spots from that fire Thursday when

The following info appeared on Mlive this morning.  No info on the DNR site yet (by that I mean a detailed map).


  1. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Updated fire map is at the bottom of this page. Not sure where the map came from though.


  2. Anonymous2:55 AM

    nice posting.. thanks for sharing..


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