The National Park Service that oversees the famed Paramount Ranch said Friday that the Western Town portion of the facility has been burned down. It was immediately in the path of the fast-moving Woolsey Fire, which started yesterday and has increased to 14,000 acres and now threatens the city of Malibu.
“We are sorry to share the news that the #WoolseyFire has burned Western Town at #ParamountRanch in Agoura,” tweeted the official handle of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation serivice. “We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned. This area is an active part of the incident and we cannot access it.”
The site just south of the 101 Freeway in Agoura has been the location for famous film and TV shoots since Paramount Pictures leased the ranch in 1927. Most recently, it was used as a location for the first season of HBO’s Westworld.
The NPS took over the property in 1980 and had revitalized it, making open to the public the property that includes multi-use trails through chaparral, riparian and valley oak.