'Westworld' production shut down because of wildfires


The series shut down film production due to wildfires threatening the area near production.

The large wildfires broke out in Southern California for the second time in two months.

In addition, production on CBS drama S.W.A.T. has also been temporarily halted due to the fires.

Los Angeles County is now facing two major fires as of Tuesday: the 11,000-acre Creek Fire and the 1,000-acre Rye Fire. HBO said in a statement that producers made a decision to shut down the show's production to avoid any danger to actors or crew members.

2017 in general has been a risky one for California wildfires - a large canyon fire in the Anaheim area caused many to evacuate earlier this fall and another one devastated California wine country and towns around the Bay Area region.

"Due to nearby wildfires, "Westworld" stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it's safe to do so", HBO said in a statement.

Production on "Westworld", a western, sci-fi drama, is based at Melody Ranch Studio in Santa Clarita Valley, California, further south than "S.W.A.T".

A representative at Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind "S.W.A.T.", also confirmed the production delay to CNN. Prayers to all affected by these fires.' The message was then retweeted by an actress on the series, Stephanie Sigman.

The Rye Fire is the closest of the four active fires in the Los Angeles area to the sets.

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