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

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

SWAT and Westworld shut down due to California wildfires

Production on popular show "Westworld" has been suspended due to Southern California wildfires.

HBO's "Westworld" is set to resume production on its second season after shutting down operations on Monday due to concern over wildfire activity in the vicinity of the show's set. Both shows are shot near Santa Clarita, in Los Angeles County, where a fire erupted this morning and grew rapidly throughout the day.

The Thomas Fire, which is burning in Ventura County, has claimed 50,000 acres, according to CAL FIRE and is zero percent contained as of late Tuesday.

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

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.

Richard Macklin, the spokesman for Ventura CountyCB Fire Department, admitted that it has been very hard to stop the wildfires.

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

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

Westworld is now filming its second season.

Filming on Westworld season 2 has ground to a halt - and not for the first time. The fire drew too close to the stages to continue filming, so cast and crew were sent home.

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