After leaving behind mounds of garbage and human waste, what’s a little smoke going to hurt?

Self-described “environmentalists” are now burning their protest camp on the Standing Rock reservation as police are set to clear out the area today.

Mic senior writer Jack Smith IV reports, “Standing Rock is on fire. Coming into camp, structures are ceremonially burned by the water protectors, who anticipate a police raid today.”

More video shows a massive fire at the center of the camp set up to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Last week, clean up crews used front-end loaders and semi trucks to haul away the mountains of trash left behind after protesters left the area.

NBC 5 reported:

“Standing Rock Environmental Protection Agency and Dakota Sanitation are working together to try and advert an environmental tragedy,” says Tom Doering, Morton County Emergency Manager.

It’s estimated it will take 250 trucks filled with litter to clear the camp.

“There’s a lot of work to be done,” says Doering.

Each load that’s dumped is inspected by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

“We are looking for, as I said, anything illegal, anything that might be used to, I guess, harm our officers during a protest,” says Jay Gruebele, Morton County Sheriff’s Office Captain.

Authorities are also searching through the piles for evidence they hope they don’t find.

“As bad as it sounds, we’re looking for people that may have died and could be wrapped up in a canvas or a tarp or tent,” says Gruebele.

The “environmentalist” protesters have been accused of polluting the very water they claimed to be defending.

What’s a little air pollution going to hurt?

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