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Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

'Westworld' & 'SWAT' Halt Production Due to Wildfires

'Westworld' & 'SWAT' Halt Production Due to Wildfires

Production on the second season of HBO's "Westworld" and on CBS' reboot of "S.W.A.T.", have been halted due to the ongoing wildfires affecting Southern California.

"S.W.A.T." films at Santa Clarita Studios in Valenica, California, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.

The HBO fantasy drama was filming its upcoming second season in the area, but the studio made a decision to shut down production to avoid any danger to cast and crew.

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.

The Rye Fire broke out as firefighters were already battling two separate brush fires, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the Creek Fire near Sylmar.

"S.W.A.T." Season 1, starring Shemar Moore, continues with Episode 6, airing December 7 on CBS.

A Santa Clarita Studios employee told Deadline this morning that the facility's internet was down, apparently because of the fire.

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

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

"We're not gonna lie: We're not able to stop this fire". However, a few water-dropping helicopters have already reached the scene.

"'Westworld' is now scheduled to resume shooting today", HBO said in a statement to CNN.

As things stand, Westworld season 2 has been slated for a spring 2018 premiere on HBO, though it's possible that date will be pushed in order to accommodate these extenuating circumstances.

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