HBO's Westworld and CBS' new series S.W.A.T. were both forced to shut down production today, due to several massive Southern California wildfires that have continued to spread throughout the day. One of these massive brush fires was in Santa Clarita, California, dubbed the Rye Fire, which has engulfed roughly 1,000 acres, which is near where both Westworld Season 2 and S.W.A.T. Season 1 have been filming and have caused both productions to halt. Here a brief statement released by HBO confirming that filming stopped earlier today due to the wildfires.
"Due to nearby wildfires, Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it's safe to do so."
HBO confirmed last month that the Westworld Season 2 premiere will debut sometime in the spring of 2018, although an exact date has not been confirmed, and it remains unclear if this production shut-down will affect the release date at this time. The 1,000-acre Rye Fire flared up early this morning that ended up closing down the 5 Freeway, creating traffic jams on the major roads, as the fire kept growing due to the Santa Ana winds. The CBS series S.W.A.T., which was shooting at the Santa Clarita Studios in Valencia, California, also sent out a statement through the S.W.A.T. writers room account that confirmed filming had been suspended today.
"Production of S.W.A.T. 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."
The Rye Fire is just one of three massive blazes that are currently spreading through Southern California, with the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California, which has spread to more than 50,000 acres causing over 27,000 evacuations with over 150 structures destroyed. The Creek Fire north of Sylmar, California, has burned roughly 11,000 acres. 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 many of the fires between 0% and 5% contained as of now.
Very little is known about Westworld Season 2, and as of now, only the Comic-Con trailer and a bizarre promo from August release thus far. There is no indication of how long production is still slated to run for on Westworld Season 2, but with the Spring 2018 release date looming, it may be very close to wrapping on the season. No confirmation has been given for the production schedule at this time. As for S.W.A.T., that series airs Thursday nights on CBS, and it isn't clear if this production shut-down will affect the production schedule as a whole. You can read more on these wildfires on Deadline and take a look at the tweets from the S.W.A.T. writers room and star Stephanie Sigman below.