UPDATED, 12:58 PM with information on Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch (below): Santa Clarita’s Sable Ranch, a popular Southern California location for film and TV shoots, burned to the ground Saturday in a wildfire that has consumed more than 20,000 acres. The ranch, near the Angeles National Forest and an ideal location for Westerns with its old Spanish-style hacienda, stables and various out buildings, has been used for countless films and series, from TV’s Maverick to The A-Team and 24, and such films as Chevy Chase’s Invisible Man and the cult horror pic Motel Hell, to name a very few.
The wildfire has swept through the area’s hills and canyons since Friday, burning a reported 31 square miles in and near Santa Clarita. A body found Saturday night in Santa Clarita is being investigated as a fire victim, and thousands of homes have been evacuated. Firefighters also were battling a second fire in the Big Sur area 300 miles to the north.
A Sable Ranch brochure describes the spot as having “unequaled seclusion and privacy, unhampered by smog or coastal fog.”
“Sable Ranch, the Spanish location, has an adobe hacienda from the turn of the century, stables, stone accessory buildings, and a small landing strip,” reads the brochure. “There are parking facilities for hundreds of cars, and machinery, including a large bulldozer, backhoe, scraper/grader, tractors, water truck, dump-truck, and Jeeps, to take on any size project!”
Meanwhile, a Los Angeles Fire Department official tells Deadline that Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch production facility, which sits just to the west of the Sand Fire, is not threatened. “Disney’s ranch is OK,” said an LAFD captain who is near the front lines of the wildfire. “We haven’t received any reports about it. If the fire was going there, we’d know about it.” The nearly 900-acre facility, which Disney bought in 1959, has hosted shoots for films and TV shows ranging from Old Yeller and The Mickey Mouse Club to Back to the Future and Mad Men. The entrance to Golden Oak Ranch is about 2 miles from the intersection of where Placerita Canyon Road intersects with State Route 14. Here is a map of the fire area, followed by a tweet from LA fire officials: