Paramount production set used to film various series such as Westworld and Dr Quinn Medicine Woman is destroyed by a wildfire in Northern California
- Historic Western town area at Paramount Ranch where many movies were filmed has been destroyed
- The ranch has been the site of numerous film and TV productions by Paramount Pictures since 1927
- The area was used for car racing in the fifties and portrayed in the Devil’s Hairpin
- Images show the scale of the devastation by Woolsey Fire and charred remains of the film set
The historic Western town area at Paramount Ranch where many productions were filmed has been destroyed by wildfires in Northern California.
Series such as ‘Westworld’ use the Western town set to shoot its Main Street scenes.
The HBO series is also shot at the Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, Utah and other locations.
Paramount Ranch, where a number of Hollywood westerns have been filmed, is seen after it was decimated by a wildfire
Slide to view: A scene from HBO’s Westworld (left) is seen alongside the fire-devastated movie lot on Friday (right)
The HBO series Westworld shoots at Paramount Ranch, which is seen above on Friday decimated by the Woolsey Fire
Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills in Southern California is seen after it was decimated by a wildfire on Friday
‘We are sorry to share the news that the #WoolseyFire has burned Western Town at #ParamountRanch in Agoura,’ the official Twitter account for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area tweeted Friday.
‘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’.
Now part of the National Park Service and open to the public, the ranch has been the site of numerous productions throughout the years and was first started by Paramount Pictures in 1927.
Paramount Ranch California state park , seen before the blaze, is the site of TV shows like Dr Quinn and MASH
The ranch, seen before the blaze, has been the site of numerous productions and was started by Paramount in 1927.
Among the films that shot at the ranch were Caught in the Draft with Bob Hope, The Lake House with Sandra Bullock, and TV shows including The Mentalist, Weeds and Quickdraw.
Dr Quinn Medicine Woman was also shot there from 1992 to 1997.
Before the area was a public park, it was used for car racing in the 1950s as the Paramount Raceway which was portrayed in the film The Devil’s Hairpin.
Firefighters from various departments work to protect structures as the Woolsey Fire moves through properties on the road
About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region
A spokesperson for HBO told The Wrap that Westworld has used the Paramount Ranch location for Main Street, but the Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy sci-fi series also films at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita.
HBO told The Wrap that no cast or crew was at the Paramount Ranch location when it burned down.
A slew of wildfires hit Southern California on Friday morning, including the Woolsey fire, which forced the evacuation of the city of Malibu. The blaze also threatens the communities of Calabasas and Woodland Hills.
A spokesperson for HBO told The Wrap that Westworld has used the Paramount Ranch location for Main Street, but the Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy sci-fi series also films at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita