Paramount production set destroyed by a wildfire in Northern California


The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has confirmed that the Western town area at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, California, where HBO's Westworld has filmed, burned down in the Woolsey fire.

Evacuation in Malibu, Calabasas and Agoura areas began on Thursday, as a 200-acre wildfire started to rapidly spread. "We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned", the park service explained.

"Westworld is not now in production, and as the area has been evacuated, we do not yet know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there", HBO said in a statement.

The ranch served as a location for productions ranging from 1938′s "The Adventures of Marco Polo" to TV shows "The Mentalist" and "Weeds".

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Old West-style buildings used in the production of HBO's Westworld, as well as in other shows and movies, have been destroyed by the fast-moving Woolsey Fire now sweeping through Southern California. The set is one of the main filming locations for the HBO series. 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. Most importantly, our thoughts go out to all those affected by these awful fires.

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". It was also used as the setting for the television show "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" from 1992 to 1997.

The NPS took over the property in 1980 and had revitalized it, making open to the public the property that includes multi-use trails through chaparral, riparian and valley oak.

The Woolsey fire, which started in Simi Valley near the Rocketdyne facility in the Santa Susana Pass, according to ABC 7, is currently affecting Los Angeles and Ventura counties and is now threatening Malibu. Dozens of nearby homes in the area have also been torched.

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