A wildfire in California has claimed, among other locations, a series of iconic movie and TV sets outside of Los Angeles. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area announced that the western town portion of Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, California has burned down.
The sets, which have served as the home of projects like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, American Sniper, and The Love Bug, has most recently been used by the HBO series Westworld. On the show, it served as the town of Escalante, which was a beta-testing location within the Westworld park.
Evan Rachel Wood, who stars on Westworld and has done a fair amount of shooting at the location, tweeted, “This is eerie. So sad for the history lost. Amazed the church is still standing.” Indeed, the little white church that became so recognizable on the show was one structure that remained unharmed.
Thankfully, HBO confirms that no filming for the upcoming season of Westworld was taking place at the time of the fire. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the network said, “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. Most importantly, our thoughts go out to all those affected by these horrible fires.”
A series of photos from Los Angeles photojournalist John Schreiber show the extent of some of the damage, which sees very little of the sets left standing. “Sad for fans of [Westworld] and shows like Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, the Paramount Ranch western town movie set has burned to the ground in the Woolsey Fire,” he wrote.
It remains to be seen whether the sets will be rebuilt for future production or if the next season of Westworld will feature the town of Escalante.