'Westworld' production shut down because of wildfires

PHOTO: A brush fire moving with the wind sends embers all over the place in residential neighborhoods north of Ventura, destroying homes and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate.PlayMarcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Polaris
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At least two television shows have been affected by the California wildfires that have been raging across at least 50,000 acres of land.

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An HBO spokesperson confirmed that production of "Westworld" has been suspended due to the fires, and writers of the CBS series "S.W.A.T." confirmed that production of their show had been halted as well.

“Due to nearby wildfires, 'Westworld' stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so," read a statement from HBO.

Added the "S.W.A.T." writers in a tweet: "Production of @swatcbs has been suspended for the day due to wildfires and unsafe air near our stages. Safety of cast and crew come first. Prayers to all affected by these fires."

An estimated 38,000 people have been asked to evacuate from the region, officials said Tuesday. The blaze has been intensified by winds and other weather conditions, and is pushing toward the Pacific Ocean. Critical conditions are expected throughout the week.

"You can only imagine the impact this weather is having on the fire front," L.A. County Deputy Fire Chief David Richardson said. "We're chasing the fire and trying to get ahead of it. And we're chasing multiple fronts."

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