Celebrities flee fast-moving wildfire in Southern California

Danny Woods
November 10, 2018

The historic "western town" area in the mountains outside of Los Angeles, where projects like Westworld, Gunsmoke, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and many others were shot, has burned to the ground. "We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned", the park service explained.

Paramount Ranch was also used in the production of numerous movies and TV shows, going back decades, including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

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.

Unfortunately, as a result of the Woolsey fire, the set has burned down at Paramount Ranch.

Paramount Ranch was purchased by the titular studio in the late 1920s and served as foreign locales for directors and actors like Cecil B. Demille, Bob Hope, and Gary Cooper, according to the official website.

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The town was used in the first and second seasons of HBO's "Westworld".

A slew of wildfires hit Southern California on Friday morning, including the Woolsey fire, which forced the evacuation of the city of Malibu.

What the fire means for Westworld's third season remains unclear, but Aaron Paul - who will be joining the cast when it returns in 2020 - confirmed earlier this week that filming is expected to commence in April 2019.

The main sets for the HBO series, including the central town of Sweetwater featuring the Mariposa Saloon and the train stop, have not been affected, as those are located Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita. Recent productions filmed at Paramount include "The Mentalist", "Weeds", and Hulu's "Quickdraw"(2013-2014). Westworld isn't now in production, and as the area's been evacuated, we don't know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there yet. HBO said it did not know the extent of the damage and expressed concern for "all those affected by these awful fires".

In the 1950s, Western Town proper was created for TV shows including The Cisco Kid.

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