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13 Reasons Why pauses production due to California wildfires

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Wildfires raging in Northern California — which have killed 21 people and burned more than 3,500 structures since starting Sunday — have disrupted filming on the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why , EW has confirmed.

The highly controversial teen drama, executive-produced by Selena Gomez, was forced to temporarily shut down production as fires tear through California’s wine country. The series films in Vallejo, Calif., where the wildfires have been particularly brutal.

While firefighters have currently surrounded half of the fire, with full containment expected this weekend, the production will remain on hiatus through Thursday, per Deadline. Filming will resume Sunday, as the cast and crew already had Friday and Saturday off. Many members of the cast and crew who currently live in the region during filming have been flown home as a courtesy. Some members expressed their sympathy for those severely affected.

Fueled by the Santa Ana winds, the death toll from the Northern California wildfires is expected to rise beyond the current 21, though officials believe many of the 600 people who have been reported missing will be found alive. The fires have spread over 115,000 acres and have forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.

Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why is slated to premiere in 2018.