Fire Destroys Historic Movie Ranch

Jul 25, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The massive Sand Fire that continues to whip through the Santa Clarita area just north of Los Angeles consumed the Sable Ranch, a famed movie location ranch that has been used in films and TV shows for decades.

The ranch on Sand Canyon Road in Santa Clarita appears in B-Westerns as far back as the 1940s, and was still in use as recently as this year. Early films said to be shot at the site include “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” (1942) and “Bells of Coronado” (1950).

The location ranch became a busy place in the 1980s, providing locations for TV shows including “Bret Maverick,” “The A-Team” and “V: The Final Battle.”

Other productions filming at the site have included the “Supernatural” pilot in 2005, the “Alias” TV series, Fox’s “24,” “Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” in 1990 and the 1993 movie “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”

Most recently, the Sable Ranch has been used for filming “Minutes to Midnight,” “Duel of Legends” and “Little Red Rotting Hood.”

The erratic Sand Fire continues to cut a swath across much of the wooded area north of Los Angeles, having claimed at least 18 homes, with one death attributed to the fire.

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