California wildfire torches famed movie site, sends celebrities fleeing

The historic Western town area at Paramount Ranch where many productions were filmed has been destroyed by wildfires in Northern California.

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. We don't have details or photos, but it's our understanding that the structures have all burned. Dozens of nearby homes in the area have also been torched.

The Woolsey Fire now burning in Los Angeles County has destroyed much of the Western Town, a key feature of Paramount Ranch.

HBO told The Wrap that no cast or crew was at the Paramount Ranch location when it burned down.

HBO added in a statement to ET: "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".

The site has been home to multiple producations since the 1950s, when its Western Town was created for TV shows, such as "The Cisco Kid:". It was acquired by the National Park Service in 1980 but has continued to function as a filming location, serving as a location for the first two seasons of the sci-fi series "Westworld".

'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'. Last year, HBO had to halt filming of Westworld due to wildfire threats, though no damage from that incident was reported. HBO said it did not know the extent of the damage and expressed concern for "all those affected by these disgusting fires".

The National Park Service that oversees the famed Paramount Ranch said Friday that the Western Town portion of the facility has burned down. Among the films that shot at the ranch were "Caught in the Draft" with Bob Hope, "The Lake House" with Sandra Bullock, and TV shows including "The Mentalist", "Weeds" and "Quickdraw". It is one of three massive fires consuming California that have resulted in at least five deaths and destroyed homes across the state.

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