'SWAT' and 'Westworld' Halt Production Due to California Wildfires

California wildfires temporarily shut down production of HBO show

SWAT and Westworld shut down due to California wildfires

HBO's big-budget drama Westworld and S.W.A.T, a crime series, both announced that filming had been suspended as fires raged through a 60-mile area close to Los Angeles.

HBO said production on "Westworld" would continue "as soon as it's safe to do so". Both series film near Santa Clarita, where the Rye Fire is located.

The HBO fantasy drama was filming its upcoming second season in the area, but the studio made a decision to shut down production to avoid any danger to cast and crew.

Filming on CBS "S.W.A.T." has also been temporarily suspended. By 10:45 a.m., the blaze had charred approximately 200 acres, then grew to 500 acres just an hour later with zero percent containment, fire officials told ABC 7.

The Creek Fire in Sylmar and Thomas Fire in Ventura County have also been blazing out of control for much of Tuesday, prompting California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

A staff for the studio revealed that their Internet connection has been down due to the fire.

Macklin added that it has been challenging to bring in the necessary equipment to help stop the fire because of the howling winds.

According to the employee, S.W.A.T. was the only show scheduled to shoot at the 16-office Valencia facility today.

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