'SWAT' and 'Westworld' Halt Production Due to California Wildfires

'SWAT' and 'Westworld' Halt Production Due to California Wildfires

'Westworld,' Among Other TV Shows, Shuts Down Production Amid So Cal Wildfires

In addition, production on CBS drama S.W.A.T. has also been temporarily halted due to the fires.

Raging wildfires in Southern California have caused at least two television series to temporarily shut down production for safety reasons, the show's studios tell CNN. A brush fire being called the Rye Fire has affected the area, resulting in the nearby freeway being closed in both directions.

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.

A staff for the studio revealed that their Internet connection has been down due to the fire.

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A representative at Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind "S.W.A.T.", also confirmed the production delay to CNN. It flared up around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning near Newhall Ranch Road, just north of the San Fernando Valley.

They said filming would return to normal when the fires subsided.

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

"Westworld", a sci-fi western drama, is in production on the second season, which is expected to premiere in 2018. The fire drew too close to the stages to continue filming, so cast and crew were sent home.

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