Historic Paramount Ranch, Home To ‘Westworld’, ‘Dr. Quinn’, Destroyed In Woolsey Fire

According to the Los Angeles Public Library's website, the decades-old movie set is the only "working movie western town in the National Parks System". We don't have details or photos, but it's our understanding that the structures have all burned. Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, the 1990s Western drama starring Jane Seymour filmed there, as well as 1968's Herbie The Love Bug, the acclaimed HBO series Carnivale and more were all filmed there. Doctor Strange filmmaker Scott Derrickson has already lost his home in the blaze, Guillermo del Toro's Bleak House is also at risk, and those are just a couple of the people affected by these frightening fires.

The Woolsey Fire reached the ranch that has been the set of numerous movies over the years.

HBO told The Wrap that no cast or crew was at the Paramount Ranch location when it burned down. Most recently, it served as the town of Sweetwater in the HBO hit series "Westworld".

Western Town specifically was built for TV productions in the 1950s and was used for TV series including "The Cisco Kid" and "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre".

The National Park Service that oversees the famed Paramount Ranch said Friday that the Western Town portion of the facility has burned down.

Westworld was far from the only production to take advantage of the Old West-style buildings and setting for filming.

HBO released a statement: "Paramount Ranch was one of the locations used during seasons one and two of "Westworld, ' in addition to the primary location at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita".

HBO expressed concern for "all those affected by these awful fires". By Friday, it had pushed toward Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Aguora Hills and other nearby areas.

A California fire official says six major fires are burning around the state, and characterized three of them as "critical".

He also tweeted resources for horse owners to have their animals evacuated from the Southern California blaze, and called Milano's report that her family and horses had been evacuated "good news".

Vanessa Coleman

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