California wildfires: Woosley Fire burns down 'Westworld' set at Paramount Ranch
Paramount Ranch, which was one of the locations used during seasons one and two of 'Westworld', was destroyed by the Woosley Fire
The Woolsey fire has reached the western town area at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills in California where 'Westworld' was shot. Parts of the set have been burned down, according to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area’s Twitter feed.
This location was used by the show to shoot the main street scenes along with other locations like Melody Ranch, Santa Clarita, and Utah, to name a few.
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
Soon after the news came out, HBO shared a statement, "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."
Sad for fans of @WestworldHBO and shows like Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, the Paramount Ranch western town movie set has burned to the ground in the Woolsey Fire @CBSLA #westworld #Woolseyfire pic.twitter.com/DhZWaGbr6g— John Schreiber (@johnschreiber) November 9, 2018
The ranch has been used in many movies like 'Caught in the Draft', 'The Lake House' and TV shows like 'Mentalist' and 'Weeds' and was first started by Paramount Pictures in 1927. The ranch is now a part of the National Park service and attracts a lot of people.
Before the area opened for public, it was used for car racing in the 1950s as Paramount Raceway, which was shown in the film 'The Devil's Hairpin'.
A massive fire has been burning across Malibu, which is a home to many Hollywood stars, Calabasas and Agoura. No loss of life has been reported and most people have been safely evacuated as of now. However, a concurrent wildfire Northern California has killed nine people and 35 people are missing.