Hazardous air quality from fires could threaten Oregon, Oregon St. games

Air quality concerns in Oregon stemming from wildfires are forcing the University of Oregon and Oregon State to consider contingency plans for home football games this weekend that could impact the Huskers.

“Based upon information provided by air protection agency, athletic departments and expert health and safety advice of university medical professionals, a decision will be made on whether an event may be postponed or rescheduled if it is too unsafe to play”, the Pac-12 statement reads.

“The universities playing the games make the ultimate decision and that will be made sometime Saturday morning”, the statement said. Oregon will host Nebraska for a 4:30 EST kickoff on Saturday, while Oregon State and Minnesota is set to kick off at 10:00 EST in Corvallis.

The Oregon Ducks moved practice to the coast Tuesday to escape smoky air caused by wildfires across the state.

The Ducks will be practicing at Siuslaw Middle School in Florence, as opposed to their normal facilities in Eugene.

On Sunday, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality alert for several counties, adding to the smoke and ozone alerts already in effect. LRAPA spokeswoman Jo Niehaus told Greif she hopes the worst of it “clears out Tuesday evening”.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Pac-12 is monitoring the air quality in the area and may decide to change the start time, or even the date, of the two games if the situation doesn’t improve.

The Washington State game is 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Pullman against Boise State.

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