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Real-life wildfires cause Westworld production to cease all motor functions

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Dec 5, 2017

UPDATE: In a statement to SYFY WIRE Wednesday, HBO announced that it is resuming production on Westworld. "Westworld is currently scheduled to resume shooting today," the network said. "The production will have a Fire Safety Officer on set to monitor conditions throughout the day.”

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Filming on the second season of HBO's Westworld has been suspended, as the Tuesday morning brush fires that broke out in Southern California began to impact production. While the drama inside the world of the science fiction hit is often chaotic to say the least, HBO is taking no chances with anyone's real-life safety. 

In a statement to SYFY WIRE, HBO said: “Due to nearby wildfires, Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so." 

The 200 acre "Rye Fire" flared up north of the San Fernando Valley around 10 a.m., PST this morning, and HBO also confirmed the fires were fueled by the Santa Ana winds. Production on the CBS drama S.W.A.T. was also suspended, but a tweet from the SWAT Writer's Room marked everyone as being safe. The tweet read, “Safety of cast and crew come first. Prayers to all affected by these fires.”

There is no word yet as to any other productions being affected, but more importantly there thankfully isn't any word about anybody being injured, either. 

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