Westworld, SWAT shut down productions due to wildfire

Lawrence Kim
December 6, 2017

HBO has suspended filming for one of its shows in southern California over safety concerns about wildfires raging in the area.

Los Angeles County is now facing two major fires as of Tuesday: the 11,000-acre Creek Fire and the 1,000-acre Rye 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. The tweet read, "Safety of cast and crew come first". A brush fire being called the Rye Fire has affected the area, resulting in the nearby freeway being closed in both directions.

HBO released a similar statement following its production shutdown. 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.

HBO also commented on the suspension, saying, "Due to nearby wildfires, "Westworld" stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it's safe to do so".

"Westworld", a sci-fi western drama, is in production on the second season, which is expected to premiere in 2018.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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