The occupiers of the federal wildlife refuge in Oregon did not immediately surrender to law enforcement at 8 a.m. local time Thursday, as had been tenuously agreed to the night before. Instead, they waited for Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and the Rev. Franklin Graham be there to accompany them when they surrendered.
Fiore and Graham were preparing to make their way to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to help escort out the remaining occupiers Thursday morning.
In a livestream audio stream posted on YouTube, Fiore could be heard directing the individuals still at the refuge to stay calm until she could get to them. Meanwhile, individuals at the refuge reported hearing the sounds of helicopters and a drone overhead.
Fiore asked the occupiers to follow instructions and stay peaceful because “God has his hand in this.”