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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!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


News Release 5/23/12
9:20 AM

Pine Creek North Wildfire

The wildfire on the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, ignited by lightning and first reported on Monday, May 21, has burned approxiamately 1,500 acres as of Tuesday evening.

On Monday and Tuesday, fire crews, including three amphibious track crews, three engine crews and a Midewin hotshot crew worked to strengthen barriers around the fire. The strategy being taken is to contain the fire in an area surrounded by Holland Ditch to the North, Pine Creek Road to the West and the Fishing Loop to the East and South. Crews have burned out fuel along Holland Ditch and Pine Creek. A CL 215 air tanker assisted Tuesday afternoon to help control the fire while crews were establishing containment lines. Some spotting has occurred west of Pine Creek Road and crews were attempting to contain these spots late Tuesday and will continue Wednesday morning. A helicopter is working the spot fires outside of the line. If fire crosses Pine Creek Road the plan is to contain fire to the wet areas to the north along Pine Creek. The containment area is approxiamately 2,500 acres in size.

No structures are threatened. The fire is not fully contained but progress is being made.

Any media questions from local media outlets can be directed to Jennifer McDonough, Visitor Services, (906) 586-9851 ext.16

If you have questions about road closures or where you can visit on the Refuge currently, please call the visitor center, (906) 586-9851 ext. 15.

Areas closed include:
Marshland Drive
Fishing Loop
Pine Ridge Nature Trail
All interior roads East of Driggs River Road and North of Robinson Road


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