Production of Westworld season 2, which is expected to premiere in 2018, has been suspended due to Southern California wildfires on Tuesday.
A rep for HBO confirmed the shutdown in a statement. “Due to nearby wildfires, Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
According to ET, thousands of Southern Californians have fled their homes as a huge fire spread through part of Ventura County. The fire, which grown to 50,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon, was mainly fueled by strong Santa Ana winds and expected to last until Thursday.
Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright posted on social media about the fires on Tuesday.
“Got an unexpected and unfortunate day off owing to the #CreekFire & #RyeFire,” he tweeted. “Be safe, folks.”
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) December 5, 2017
Evan Rachel Wood also took to Instagram about the smoky status of Santa Clarita, California, where the show is filmed.
The western thriller isn’t the only series that has shut down due to fires. Production on CBS’s S.W.A.T. has also been temporarily suspended.
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.
— SWATWritersRoom (@SWATWritersRoom) December 5, 2017