Raiders-Chargers game still in Oakland amid California wildfires

A helicopter flies over a wildfire Thursday Oct. 12 2017 near Calistoga Calif. Officials say progress is being made in some of the largest wildfires burning in Northern California but that the death toll is almost sure to surge

The Raiders announced Friday that the game is tentatively set to be played as scheduled, but that could change if the league feels that the air quality conditions in the Bay Area are too risky for football.

The Oakland Raiders' home game against the San Diego Chargers is scheduled to occur as scheduled on Sunday despite deadly wildfires in Northern California that have raised questions about air quality in the region.

In a statement released Friday, they said they will monitor air quality conditions and will update the public if there are any changes. The NFL considered moving the game to Levi's Stadium.

Since igniting Sunday in spots across eight counties, the blazes have killed an unprecedented 31 people.

As of Friday morning, Lockhart said, the game remained scheduled to be played in Oakland.

Players wore masks at Thursday's practice.

The Los Angeles Chargers are 1-4 on the season and offer little challenge to the Raiders this week.

"We are always happy to help other cities during times like these", Fawcett said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Oakland, which is about 45 miles south of the fires, has been blanketed by smoke in recent days.

"We can't wait until the day before [to move the game]", Lockhart said, via ProFootballTalk. "At this point, the game remains scheduled for Sunday in Oakland". "Based on the local authorities and the people who know what they're talking about as opposed to me when talking about air quality, if we believe it's at an acceptable level then we will play there".



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