California wildfires temporarily shut down production of HBO show


The series stars Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Hiroyuki Sanada, Gustaf Skarsgård, Fares Fares, Betty Gabriel, Jonathan Tucker, Neil Jackson, Katja Herbers, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Luke Hemsworth.

HBO has suspended filming for one of its shows in southern California over safety concerns about wildfires raging in the area. Crews said the blazes have burned some 85 square miles, destroying at least 150 structures and forcing almost 30,000 people to evacuate.

Both series film in Santa Clarita, which is experiencing the 500-acre Rye Fire, prompting the closure of the 5 Freeway in both directions. Nobody from the show seems to be in danger, although there's no saying when production will be able to resume. HBO said production on "Westworld" would continue "as soon as it's safe to do so".

The S.W.A.T. writers' room tweeted that filming was stopped "due to wildfires and unsafe air near our stages".

A representative at Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind "S.W.A.T.", also confirmed the production delay to CNN. U.S. TV drama S.W.A.T. became the first show affected when the threat of damage and poor quality forced producers to send the cast home from a location shoot in Santa Clarita, and now the set of Westworld has been shut down.

The Rye Fire is the closest of the four active fires in the Los Angeles area to the sets.