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

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

Out of an abundance of caution, HBO's Westworld and CBS' S.W.A.T. have shut down their respective productions as southern California contends with a raging wildfire.

The Rye Fire has already destroyed over 200 acres and shut down the busy Interstate 5 freeway.

"Due to nearby wildfires, Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it's safe to do so", an HBO spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in a statement.

Los Angeles County is now facing two major fires as of Tuesday: the 11,000-acre Creek Fire and the 1,000-acre Rye 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. With traffic a mess, the flames getting close to Santa Clarita Studios, and unsafe air, the entire cast and crew of S.W.A.T. was sent home as a precaution. "Prayers to all affected by these fires". The Creek Fire north of Sylmar, California, has burned roughly 11,000 acres.

"Westworld", a sci-fi western drama, is in production on the second season, which is expected to premiere in 2018. California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Ventura County due to the fires that are expected to burn throughout the week, with numerous fires between 0% and 5% contained as of now.

"S.W.A.T.", which averages 10.36 million viewers per episode, stars Shemar Moore.