NFL mulls contingencies for Raiders due to fires


The NFL is looking at contingencies for the Oakland Raiders‘ game Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers if air quality from the wildfires in Northern California remains at unacceptable levels, a league official said.

A decision is expected soon, per the official.

The fast-moving wildfires, strengthened by fierce winds and nearly absent humidity, began to burn through the state’s fabled wine country Sunday night. As of Thursday afternoon, at least 27 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the blazes. The Raiders have been affected, shortening practice both Wednesday and Thursday due to the air quality. Their game Sunday in Oakland is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.

One city willing to step up and help? San Diego, the former home of the Chargers.

An aide of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Faulconer is receptive to having the game in Mission Valley if the Oakland Coliseum becomes unavailable. Mission Valley was home to the Chargers from 1967 through the 2016 season finale.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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