LOS ANGELES — A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has scorched a historic movie site recently used by the HBO series “Westworld.” It also prompted numerous celebrities to join thousands of others who have fled flames that have claimed homes and forced an evacuation of Malibu.
Kim Kardashian West, Scott Baio, Rainn Wilson and Guillermo del Toro are among those who have evacuated their homes. Some, like del Toro and Caitlyn Jenner, did not know the fate of their homes, but the wind-driven wildfire has destroyed the home of “Dr. Strange” director Scott Derrickson.
The blaze started Thursday night. By Friday, it had pushed toward Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Aguora Hills and other nearby areas.
“Westworld” set at Paramount Western Town ranch
The Woolsey Fire reached the ranch that has been the set of numerous movies over the years. The 2,700-acre ranch located between Malibu and the Conejo Valley was purchased by Paramount Sudios in 1927.
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.” Filming continued for decades even as the ranch changed hands. It was acquired by the National Park Service in 1980 but has continued to function as a filming location, serving as a location for the first two seasons of the sci-fi series “Westworld.”
HBO expressed concern for “all those affected by these horrible fires.”
The Woolsey Fire also forced Lady Gaga and her family to evacuate Friday. The singer and “A Star is Born” actress posted pictures and video of her family packing and leaving to her Instagram story. One photo depicted thick clouds of smoke and appeared to have been taken from inside a car. It was captioned “Sending my prayers to everyone today.”
Lady Gaga posted to her instagram story as she evacuated her Malibu, California home
Kim Kardashian West and family
Kardashian West posted video on Instagram showing a portion of the blaze. “Pray for Calabasas. Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home,” she wrote. “Firefighters are arriving. Thank you for all that you do for us!!!”
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