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Siskiyou sheriff accuses news crew of abusing press privileges at McKinney fire

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The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office claims that a TV news crew abused its media privileges during its coverage of the deadly McKinney fire burning in the Klamath National Forest at the California-Oregon border.

The fire, which grew rapidly in hilly, challenging terrain, has consumed 56,668 acres and was 10% contained as of Friday, according to U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Aaron Johnson. At least four people have died in the blaze, but there is no official count on the number of structures damaged or destroyed.

The Sheriff’s Office has declined to officially name the news station cited in its complaint and told SF Gate that the investigation is ongoing. However, the incident has been linked to a TV crew reporting for ABC News.

During its reporting, the ABC News crew was filming on private property destroyed by the fire that had not yet been cleared by police in “an unlawful abuse of press privileges,” the Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

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