The Paramount Project: A plan is taking shape to rebuild the Paramount Ranch Western Town
A little good news as the incredibly destructive Woolsey Fire appears to finally be winding down. The National Park Service announced plans to rebuild the Western Town at Paramount Ranch, which was destroyed by the fire.
Paramount Ranch welcome sign, with the remains of the old horse barn in the background
The Park Service plans to complete the project within two years. They've set up a "Paramount Project" site where people who want to support the rebuilding can help with donations, which you can go to by clicking here.
"Westworld," which filmed its first two seasons at the ranch's Western Town, has been a hit for HBO and would be expected back to film season three. But reconstruction of the town — which I understand will be done with added fire protections built in — would take too long for HBO's normal production schedule.
The "Westworld" church in happier times — not long before the fire.
One media report I saw indicated that a temporary set may be put up while the longer-term construction is under way, but it was unclear whether that set might be used for "Westworld."
The Paramount Ranch Western Town: before the destruction
As many readers already know — especially if you saw my previous post about all the fire damage — the Western Town was a complete loss. Everything you see in this photo burned to the ground.
House where the park administrator and family lived
Sadly, a number of park rangers and other employees of Paramount Ranch lost their homes in the fire. One of the park administrators reportedly lived in the house where the red arrow is pointing.
"B-362": Female bobcat collared two days before the Woolsey Fire
The Woolsey Fire has been tough on wildlife in the park and surrounding hills, but a number of bobcats appear to have survived. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area announced last week that all four of the big cats being tracked in the area — including the latest addition, "B-362" — have been on the move.
its Twitter page. Above is the tweet that went out Nov. 15 along with the photo of B-362, indicating concern about one of the big cats.
Mike Malone points out fire-damaged areas on a map for the media
Several readers asked about longtime Paramount Ranch Park Ranger Mike Malone, a great supporter of the park, film historian extraordinaire and an all-around awesome guy. I am happy to report that Mike's home did not burn down and he's settled back in, resuming his movie research and focused on the ranch's rebuilding effort.