California wildfires that broke out yesterday on the outskirts of Los Angeles have spread to Malibu, where widespread evacuations have taken place.
In fact, the fire reached Malibu’s famed Paramount Ranch, burning down the studio’s iconic Western Town sets.
The sets had been utilized in numerous Western-themed productions over the years, ranging from “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” to HBO’s “Westworld”.
The news was made via Twitter by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation service.
Los Angeles photojournalists John Schreiber confirmed the sets had been destroyed, sharing some photos on social media of the devastation wrought by the fires.
Paramount’s Western Town sets had been in use since the 1950s, and can be seen in such TV series as “The Cisco Kid”, “Gunsmoke”, “The X-Files”, “The Dukes of Hazzard”, “The Mentalist”, “Weeds” and many more.
HBO issued a statement regarding the damage.
“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,” reads the statement. “‘Westworld’ is not currently in production, and as the area has been evacuated, we do not yet know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there.”