The Woolsey Fire, one of several wildfires currently raging in California, tore through Malibu Creek State Park and destroyed the area where outdoor scenes for M*A*S*H were filmed. The Woolsey Fire broke out on Thursday (November 8) afternoon. It has consumed more than 80,000 acres and is only 15 percent contained.
A previous fire in October 1982 burned down the M*A*S*H set, forcing the writers to incorporate it into the series finale. The charred husks of a jeep and ambulance left behind by that fire greeted fans who hiked out to the filming location. In 2007, the park undertook a restoration that included clearing brush, installing a recreation of the 4077th signpost, and adding a shaded picnic area.
A special unveiling of the restored site was held on February 23rd, 2008. Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit, William Christopher, Jeff Maxwell, Charles S. Dubin, Gene Reynolds, Burt Metcalfe, and Roy Goldman were in attendance.
While the destruction of the M*A*S*H filming location is upsetting, it’s important to keep it in perspective. Thousands of homes and businesses have burned down over the past few days and dozens of lives have been lost.
(Thanks to Dan.)