Historic filming location for HBO's Westworld burns down in Cali wildfire

Wildfire torches famed movie site sends celebrities fleeing

California Wildfire Torches Famed Movie Site, Sends Celebrities Fleeing

According to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the structures that make up Western Town at Paramount Ranch in Agoura have burned. We don't have details or photos, but it's our understanding that the structures have all burned.

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

The blaze started Thursday night and by Friday had pushed toward Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and other nearby areas.

Paramount Ranch, which served as a filming location for almost 500 films and television shows over the years, is the latest casualty of the wildfires that are now sweeping across California.

The National Parks Service bought a portion of the original Paramount property in 1980 and revitalized the old movie ranch.

"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", HBO said in a statement.

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

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

The California fire season normally begins in late spring and lasts through summer. 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.

One of HBO's most popular shows, Westworld has a cast of big names including Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton and Ed Harris that won the network nine Emmys. Most importantly, our thoughts go out to all of those affected by these frightful fires'.

Actor James Woods asked almost 2 million of his Twitter followers to use the hashtag #CampFireJamesWoods to help share names of those who are missing in a separate wildfire in Northern California that has claimed five lives.

Film shoots included The Love Bug, Norbit, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Lake House, and American Sniper.

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