How will smoke affect Raiders, Cal, Stanford games this weekend?

Smoke from the cluster of devastating and still surging North Bay fires has officials from the Raiders, Cal and Stanford monitoring the air quality as those teams prepare to host games this weekend.

Could the dangerous smoke levels here in the Bay Area force those games to be altered or even cancelled? As of Thursday morning, no one is ready to suggest those drastic measures, but they are all taking precautions.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has warned that air quality in the Bay Area could reach troubling levels on Friday and Saturday.

Cal, which is scheduled to play Washington State Friday night at Memorial Stadium, reportedly has had a team of officials checking the forecasted air quality for Berkeley. One Cal athletic department official told they would “follow all NCAA rules and regulations when it comes to air quality for the game” and immediately alert fans if there are any changes to Friday’s game.

The Raiders, meanwhile, altered their practice schedule on Wednesday because of the orange-tinted skies in Alameda.

“We think we’re OK to work today in this,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said before Wednesday’s practice. “We’re monitoring the different levels of smoke that are here and we’re going to make sure we do the right things with our guys … we’ve got people that are checking all the data.”

Stanford is scheduled to play Oregon at home Saturday night at 8 and officials there are also keeping an eye on their air quality.

Check back for more details.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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