Protesters around Cantapeta Creek and the Cannonball River in North Dakota are being ordered to leave.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Darymple ordered an emergency evacuation of the area Monday. That's where hundreds of people who oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under a nearby lake have been camped out for months. Clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement have turned violent at times.
"These persons are ordered to leave the evacuation area immediately, and are further ordered not to return to the evacuation area," the order reads.
They also need to take all their stuff with them.
A spokesperson for the governor's office told the West Fargo Pioneer there are no plans right now to forcibly remove people who stay behind.
It's getting cold and snowy
The reason for the evacuation order: Harsh winter conditions.
Cold and snow are expected to move in, and get worse. They're under a winter storm warning as of Monday evening, with 8-13 inches of snow likely coming over the next 36 hours. Some spots could see 18-plus inches though, the National Weather Service says.
Here's a video from early Monday, from organizer Dallas Goldtooth.
That area doesn't have any real shelter from the cold either, the order says.
And in the evacuation area, emergency governmental services won't be guaranteed – so if you need to be rescued, or call the cops on someone, that help may not come.
This is the second recent order
Darymple's order was given a few days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – which manages some of the federally-owned land there – told tribal leaders protesters needed to be gone by Dec. 5.
In the letter, the Army Corps of Engineers said it had no planes for a forcible removal, and hoped protesters would move to a “free speech zone” south of the Cannonball River.
Protesters basically said "No thanks" to that request, and planned to stay.
There was no official response