The armed militants remaining at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are streaming live video during a standoff with the FBI, state and local law enforcement.
The video is being streamed on YouTube by “DefendYourBase,” an account run by a man named David Fry.
A handful of men and women remain at the wildlife refuge, while many have left. Law enforcement surrounded the refuge after arresting many of the militant leaders, including Ammon Bundy, his brother, Ryan Bundy, and six others. Another leader, Lavoy Finicum, was fatally shot during the arrests, which occurred while they were outside of the compound.
The men and women on the video have been talking about making a last stand if the FBI raids the wildlife refuge.
The FBI said in a press release at 4 a.m. Wednesday that it has “initiated a containment of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in order to better ensure the safety of community members and law enforcement.” The Oregon State Police are also involved.
“This decision was made of an abundance of caution. We ask you to remain vigilant,” the FBI says. “The containment procedure involves a series of checkpoints established along key reoutes into and out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.”
The FBI says those trying to travel into the refuge “will be stopped, identified and asked to leave. Non-compliant people will be subject to arrest.”
Those trying to leave the refuge, “will have his or her identification confirmed and any associated vehicles searched.”
Resident ranchers will be allowed to pass checkpoints into Harney County if they own property in specific areas, “they will be required to show photo ID as they go in and out.”
The standoff was still ongoing at 8:30 a.m. local time. The media gathered at the refuge gate were told by the FBI that it would be in their best interest to leave the area, because it was nto safe, and many did.