A camp that formerly housed Dakota Access Pipeline protesters caught fire hours before an Army Corps of Engineers-mandated evacuation.
The protesters were told to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin camp to avoid floods and to prevent an "environmental disaster" by 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Concerns over trash prompted state policy advisor Levi Bachmeier to warn of pending crisis.
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Protesters claimed they were being framed.
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The evacuation is unlikely to mark the end of conflict over the pipeline. Morton County Sheriff's spokeswoman Maxine Herr said mass arrests could be possible.
So far, more than 1,000 tons of waste have been removed from the camp, though dozens of structures and abandoned cars remain.
The camps will continue. Freedom is in our DNA, and we have no choice but to continue the struggle.
Some protesters are ready to go to jail and plan to resist arrest by holding hands and standing in prayer, activist Chase Iron Eyes said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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