Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'Westworld' Set Burns Down in California Wildfire

'Westworld' Set Burns Down in California Wildfire

Officials at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area tweeted Friday that the famous set had been burned in the Woolsey Fire.

Series such as "Westworld" use the Western town set to shoot its Main Street scenes. "We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned".

Still, the Woolsey fire has reportedly devastated the Paramount location used for many Hollywood productions over the years, including Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

It easily jumped eight-lane Highway 101 and rambled over the Santa Monica Mountains to posh Malibu, where it torched homes and cars.

You can find out more information about the Paramount Ranch here.

Deadly California wildfire causes "utter panic" as people try to escape
Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place Friday, Cal Fire Cpt. Witnesses reported seeing homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement home up in flames.

Paramount Ranch was purchased by Paramount Pictures in 1927 and the old western town was to be used as a "movie ranch".

The HBO series is also shot at the Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita and in Utah and other locations.

What the fire means for Westworld's third season remains unclear, but Aaron Paul - who will be joining the cast when it returns in 2020 - confirmed earlier this week that filming is expected to commence in April 2019.

Western Town specifically was built for TV productions in the 1950s and was used for such westerns as "The Cisco Kid" and "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre". Westworld isn't now in production, and as the area's been evacuated, we don't know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there yet. It was acquired by the National Park Service in 1980 but has continued to function as a filming location, serving as a location for the first two seasons of the sci-fi series "Westworld". The big wildfire here in Southern California, known as the "Woolsey Fire", quadrupled in size by Friday evening, covering more than 22 square miles, with no containment. HBO said it did not know the extent of the damage and expressed concern for "all those affected by these frightful fires". It is one of three massive fires consuming California that have resulted in at least five deaths and destroyed homes across the state.

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