Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires force Rams to prac­tice in­doors

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

COSTA MESA, CALIF. » Wild­fires aren’t an is­sue here, the skies clear, the air about as pure as it’s go­ing to get in this part of South­ern Cali.

The same with Ana­heim, where the Birds are prac­tic­ing at An­gel Stadium and Dis­ney­land is do­ing its 3D thing.

Roughly 50 miles from the Ea­gles’ ho­tel, the wind-driven fires are rag­ing through Ven­tura and Los An­ge­les coun­ties, de­stroy­ing multi-mil­lion dol­lar homes and veg­e­ta­tion and creat­ing is­sues for the Rams — and po­ten­tially the game Sun­day at the Coli­seum.

Los An­ge­les is 17 miles from the edge of the car­nage, which is close enough to in­gest toxic fumes from the smoke.

Thus, the Los An­ge­les Rams moved their reg­u­larly sched­uled prac­tice Wed­nes­day in Ox­nard in­doors due to poor air qual­ity. It’s not known if the Thurs­day and Fri­day ses­sions will be im­pacted.

With road clo­sures due to the fire, and smoke al­ready bil­low­ing just 20 min­utes from Los An­ge­les, there is at least a chance the game be­tween the teams Sun­day at the Coli­seum in Los An­ge­les could be af­fected.

Ea­gles head coach Doug Ped­er­son said he’s heard noth­ing from the NFL about a post­pone­ment or can­cel­la­tion. The mat­ter is be­ing mon­i­tored on ev­ery con­ceiv­able level.

“It is ob­vi­ously a se­ri­ous is­sue with what’s go­ing on, and our thoughts and prayers are ob­vi­ously with the peo­ple that are af­fected,” Ped­er­son said. “I know the Rams were af­fected th­ese last cou­ple of days. And it makes it a lit­tle un­com­fort­ing and un­set­tling.”

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