“Westworld” and “S.W.A.T.” are among the TV shows that shut down production on Tuesday in response to wildfires running rampant in South California.
“Due to nearby wildfires, ‘Westworld’ stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so,” HBO said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.
The critically-acclaimed sci-fi series is currently filming its second season, which is slated to premiere in spring 2018.
“Production of @swatcbs has been suspended for the day due to wildfires and unsafe air near our stages,” said a tweet from the CBS series’ writers’ room. “Safety of cast and crew come first. Prayers to all affected by these fires.”
Freshman drama “S.W.A.T.,” which recently grabbed a full season order, is inspired by the ’70s TV series and feature film of the same name.
Production on Netflix’s “Dear White People” also wrapped early for the day on Tuesday while shooting in Sunland, TheWrap has confirmed. The stages were far from the flames, but there was some smoke, so the series shut down as a safety precaution.
Both “Westworld” and “S.W.A.T.” are shot in Santa Clarita, a location affected by the ongoing Rye Fire, which has already set 500 acres of land ablaze and forced the shutdown of the 5 Freeway in both directions, according to ABC News.
The fire is one of many currently plaguing Southern California, along with Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the Creek Fire near Sylmar, which have necessitated the evacuation of thousands of residents. The Santa Ana winds have made combating the fires extremely difficult.