Wine coun­try fires force Raiders to al­ter prac­tice

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oak­land Raiders ad­justed their prac­tice sched­ule Wed­nes­day be­cause of poor air qual­ity re­sult­ing from the wild­fires in nearby wine coun­try.

The Raiders took the prac­tice field in smoky con­di­tions with even some ash fall­ing from the sky. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency said the air was “un­healthy” in Alameda, about 40 miles from the fires.

The Raiders short­ened their prac­tice by elim­i­nat­ing in­di­vid­ual drills in an ef­fort to limit the amount of time play­ers spent out­side.

Coach Jack Del Rio said ear­lier in the day that the team had peo­ple mon­i­tor­ing the air qual­ity to de­ter­mine whether it was safe to prac­tice.

“We think we’re OK to work today in this,” he said. “We’re mon­i­tor­ing the dif­fer­ent lev­els of smoke that is here and we’re go­ing to make sure we do the right things with our guys.”

Oak­land later de­cided to resched­ule Thursday’s prac­tice, hav­ing it start at 11 a.m. rather than 1:45 p.m. in hopes of bet­ter air qual­ity ear­lier in the day.

At least 21 peo­ple have died and 3,500 homes and busi­nesses have been de­stroyed since the fires started Sun­day, mak­ing them the third-dead­li­est and most de­struc­tive blazes in state his­tory.

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