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A Dakota Access protest camp caught fire hours before the mandatory evacuation deadline

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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.

A Dakota Access protest camp caught fire hours before the mandatory evacuation deadline

WATCH | Here's footage of a fire in the camp.

Our news partners at KATU also captured the fire.

Protesters claimed they were being framed.

We prefer to handle this in a more diplomatic, understanding way.
Maxine Herr, Morton County Sheriff's Office

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.
Phyllis Young, protest camp leader

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.

A Dakota Access protest camp caught fire hours before the mandatory evacuation deadline

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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