Westworld shuts down production amid California wildfires

Westworld Season 2 Premiere Title

Westworld Season 2 Premiere Title

HBO's "Westworld" and CBS' "S.W.A.T." have temporarily stopped filming due to wildfires that broke out in California near the filming stations.

The Rye Fire has grown to 200 acres and has resulted in the 5 Freeway being closed which has impacted traffic on major roads. U.S. TV drama S.W.A.T. became the first show affected when the threat of damage and poor quality forced producers to send the cast home from a location shoot in Santa Clarita, and now the set of Westworld has been shut down.

The writers of S.W.A.T. also cited safety concerns as the reason for the show's delayed filming schedule.

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There were no immediate reports of injuries, but flames were seen approaching several hillside homes amid 25 miles per hour winds. The Thomas Fire in Ventura County has scorched 65,000 acres while the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County had scorched 11,377 acres.

HBO said production on "Westworld" would continue "as soon as it's safe to do so".

A separate blaze, the Creek Fire, is also burning in Los Angeles County in the Kagel Canyon area, near Sylmar, with further mandatory evacuation orders in effect.

A Santa Clarita Studios employee told Deadline this morning that the facility's internet was down, apparently because of the fire.

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They said filming would return to normal when the fires subsided.

"'Westworld' is now scheduled to resume shooting today", HBO said in a statement to CNN.

"Westworld", a sci-fi western drama, is in production on the second season, which is expected to premiere in 2018.

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