Some of the sets used in the hit HBO series Westworld have burned down as a result of the California wildfires, which have decimated parts of the west coast.
The Woolsey Fire, which has forced thousands to evacuate their homes, burned through Agoura Hills and the structures at the historic Western Town of Paramount Ranch, according to the official Santa Monica Mtns Twitter account.
We are sorry to share the news that the #WoolseyFire has burned Western Town at #ParamountRanch in Agoura. We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned. This area is an active part of the incident and we cannot access it. pic.twitter.com/oC4n7KR8ZT— Santa Monica Mtns (@SantaMonicaMtns) November 9, 2018
The Paramount Ranch has served as a set for a number of Westworld scenes. According to Entertainment Weekly, HBO issued a statement, saying, “Paramount Ranch was one of the locations used during seasons one and two of Westworld, in addition to the primary location at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita. Westworld is not currently in production, and as the area has been evacuated, we do not yet know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there. Most importantly, our thoughts go out to all those affected by these horrible fires.”
Many of the show's main filming locations, such as the town of Sweetwater (filmed at Melody Ranch in Santa Clara) have not been affected by the fires. Westworld Season 3 has been confirmed, but is not yet in production, so no scenes for upcoming episodes had yet been filmed at any of the locations affected by the fires. Still, the damage could affect possible plans that were in place for scenes in Season 3.
The California fires have forced celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Alyssa Milano to evacuate their homes, and at least nine people have been killed. Forecasters suggest the incoming weather could cause the fires to spread even farther, putting more lives and popular filming locations in danger.
Developed for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Rodrigo Santoro, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Jimmi Simpson, Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris.