'Westworld' Set Destroyed as Paramount Ranch Burns in California Wildfire

Paramount Ranch Fire

‘Westworld’ Location at Paramount Ranch Burns Down

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area shared the news on Twitter on Friday. Most recently, it served as the town of Sweetwater in the HBO hit series "Westworld".

In a Twitter post, park officials said they "do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned".

The Western Town set at Paramount Ranch was engulfed Friday by the Woolsey Fire. "This area is an active part of the incident and we can not access it", the tweet read.

It remains to be seen whether the sets will be rebuilt for future production or if the next season of Westworld will feature the town of Escalante. Representatives for HBO told The Hollywood Reporter that they are now waiting to learn how bad the damage to the set is and to find out if any of its sets survived the fire.

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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 sci-fi drama takes place in Westworld, a theme park filled with life-like robots and meant to act a world of indulgence. The property, now part of the National Park Service, was the set for a number of Hollywood productions, including The Lake House and Caught in the Draft, as well as TV shows such as Weeds, The Mentalist, and Quickdraw.

In a statement, HBO said: '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. It was also used as the setting for the television show "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" from 1992 to 1997. "Be safe everyone and save the animals".

The Woolsey Fire jumped the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills early this morning and has made its way through the Santa Monicas to the Pacific Ocean.

As it stands, 75,000 homes have been evacuated as the blaze sweeps though Ventura and Los Angeles, with the mansion used to film The Bachelor also torched down.

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