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'Westworld,' Among Other TV Shows, Shuts Down Production Amid So Cal Wildfires

'Westworld,' Among Other TV Shows, Shuts Down Production Amid So Cal Wildfires

HBO has suspended filming for one of its shows in southern California over safety concerns about wildfires raging in the area. Both series film near Santa Clarita, where the Rye Fire is located.

The story adds, "In addition, production on CBS drama S.W.A.T. has also been temporarily halted due to the fires".

Thousands of residents have since been evacuated, though with two other wildfires - namely the Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the Creek Fire close to Sylmar - also blazing across parts of the state, it's unlikely Westworld season 2 will resume production anytime soon.

News of S.W.A.T.'s delay was first mentioned by a Twitter account run by the show's writers, who cited unsafe air quality as the reason for the shut-down.

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A staff for the studio revealed that their Internet connection has been down due to the fire. It flared up around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning near Newhall Ranch Road, just north of the San Fernando Valley.

Richard Macklin, the spokesman for Ventura CountyCB Fire Department, admitted that it has been very hard to stop the wildfires. "We're in a wind-driven fire event", said Macklin. However, a few water-dropping helicopters have already reached the scene.

"Westworld", a sci-fi western drama, is in production on the second season, which is expected to premiere in 2018. "Westworld" Season 2 should still arrive this spring on HBO. The cast and crew of the series brought home five Emmy awards.