BREAKING: Dakota Access Pipeline ON FIRE

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Protesters at the Dakota Access pipeline have completely trashed the land and now they are setting fires. 

Lovely, isn’t it?

The Army Corps of Engineers is set to close the camp in a few hours.

The Corps has set a 2 p.m. deadline for the camp to be emptied ahead of potential spring flooding. A massive cleanup effort has been underway for weeks, first by protesters themselves and now with the Corps set to join in removing debris left over several months, Fox News reports.

Some of the protesters said burning the structures — which appeared to include a yurt and a teepee — was part of the ‘ceremony’ of leaving. As heavy rain turned to snow, some said they expected no trouble during the eviction, despite a heavy law enforcement presence.

“People are being very mindful, trying very hard to stay in prayer, to stay positive,” said Nestor Silva, 37, of California. “I am not aware of any plans for belligerence.”

Wednesday’s deadline for the protesters to leave also may not spell the end of the heavy law enforcement presence near where Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is finishing the last section of the pipeline, which will carry oil from North Dakota through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.

The protest camp is on federal land in southern North Dakota between the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the pipeline route. It has at times housed thousands of people, though it’s dwindled to just a couple of hundred as the pipeline battle has largely moved into the courts.

Morton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Maxine Herr warned that there could be large-scale arrests at the camp.

More than 700 protesters have been arrested since August.

Once the main camp is cleared of people, the cleanup of trash and debris that’s being coordinated by the tribal, state and federal governments will continue. More than 1,000 tons of waste had been removed by contractors as of early Tuesday, though dozens of semi-permanent structures remained, according to Herr. Dozens of abandoned vehicles also remained, according to George Kuntz, vice president of the North Dakota Towing Association.

How wonderful.

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