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Waverly Fire Grows to 7,000 Acres, 40 Percent Contained

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY -- As of Saturday morning, Cal Fire says forward progress has been stopped on the Waverly Fire. The size is estimated at 7,000 acres and 40 percent containment.

When a wall of flames rolled through, rancher Nolan Yocum said he needed to protect his land.

“We got 1000 acres out here and lost 90% of it all the feed,” stated Yocum.

But those who live in Milton won't let the Waverly Fire win.

“Might as well do something versus sitting and twiddling thumbs,” said Yocum.

Nolan Yocum's family ranch sits on Milton Road off Highway 4 in Calaveras County.

“We make money off grass, we raise cows, sell at market, that's where our income comes from,” Yocum said.

Walter Valente lives nearby; he's another rancher that took matters into his own hands.

“I've been in the country all my life and I've never seen a fire go through here like this,” said Valente.

Crews on the ground and in the air spent the day fighting the wind-driven fire that started in San Joaquin County outside of Linden.

Emily Kilgore with Cal Fire said, “we always hope this won't happen but that's why we do a red flag warning.”

Thousands of acres blackened by flames, dozens evacuated from their homes after the fire took off Friday afternoon.

“If the winds die down I think we'll be able to get a hand on it,” stated Kilgore.

It's been a challenge for firefighters but also for land owners who worry about their livelihood.

“We just got to come up with to what tomorrow brings and what the next step is,” said Yocum