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NFL officials monitoring air quality in California amidst wildfires

Three California games are moving forward as planned, but the league is in touch with teams and local authorities to monitor the situations.

Fooch’s update: The NFL provided some updated information about what would be required to relocate the game.

California once again finds itself dealing with devastating wildfires, and even as people get out of the path of them, air quality is a problem across the state. While football games are entirely insignificant in the face of the problems these fires are creating across the state, they could be impacted nonetheless.

The San Francisco 49ers had their second practice of the week on Friday and bumped it up from 1:50 to 12:45 because air quality was expected to get considerably worse by the time practice was underway. The 49ers have a practice scheduled for Saturday, but there is no word yet as to the status of it. The final practice can be a walkthrough, which is something that can happen indoors if needed.

The NFL has three games in California this week. On Sunday, the Raiders host the Chargers at 1:05 p.m. PT, and the Rams host the Seahawks at 1:25 p.m. On Monday, the 49ers host the Giants at 5:15 p.m. The NFL issued a statement late Friday morning about the two Sunday games.

“We are monitoring conditions in California and are in close communication with the clubs and local authorities. At this point, both the Los Angeles Chargers-Oakland Raiders game and the Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams game will kick off as scheduled.”

Per Chris Biderman, a spokesperson said the answer is the same for the 49ers-Giants Monday Night Football game.

Just a reminder that you can contribute to an evacuation relief fund for Northern California.