With wildfires sweeping across California at the moment, and with more than 150,000 people evacuated, some filming locations are being impacted as well with one of the latest being Paramount Ranch – a historic ‘western town’ used for TV and film production in Agoura Hills outside of Los Angeles.
The National Park Service, which oversees Paramount ranch, tweeted the statement today: “We are sorry to share the news that the #WoolseyFire has burned Western Town at #ParamountRanch in Agoura. We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned. This area is an active part of the incident and we cannot access it.”
HBO’s “Westworld,” which is not currently in production, used the set to shoot its Main Street scenes while the church that’s featured in the series was actually built on the ranch. The show’s primary location is at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, the same place being used by the cast and crew of the “Deadwood” telemovie currently in production. So far that location is unaffected by the fires.
Paramount Ranch has served as a filming location for nearly 500 films and television shows, including the popular TV series “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” which used the facility full time for five years along with other shows such as the under-appreciated “Carnivale” and classic westerns like “Gunsmoke”.
The Malibu, Calabasas and Agoura areas are all under evacuation at present due to the fires, with “Doctor Strange” filmmaker Scott Derrickson home already lost in the blaze and Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House estate with his vast horror-related collection is also reportedly at risk.