California fires disrupt TV shows

  • 24 October 2007

A number of US TV shows have been hit by the wild fires currently sweeping across the state of California.

Productions have halted filming due to the weather conditions which are helping fan the flames raging on land from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border.

Shows including crime series NCIS and ABC boardroom drama Big Shots have been hit by the fires which have forced some 500,000 people from their homes.

Two days of filming has been lost by Kiefer Sutherland’s thriller 24, after crew members shooting at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Orange County suffered breathing problems.

‘When the dust settles, we probably lost five hours’ worth of work, and we have to reschedule the two days we missed,’ said line producer Michael Klick.

The fires have so far destroyed 1,300 homes and businesses and have forced the biggest US evacuation since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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