December 06, 2017

How close are the Eagles to the Southern California wildfires – and will Rams game be impacted?

One team was already forced to cancel Wednesday's practice.

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Flames from a wildfire advance down a hillside near the Springs of Life Church in Casitas Springs, Calif., on Tuesday.

The wildfires currently burning outside of Los Angeles are so large that they can be seen from space, so it's no surprise that they'd have a major impact extending to the area beyond where the flames themselves are doing the most damage. 

And part of that area includes where the Eagles, staying in California ahead of their second-straight game on the West Coast, are planning to face the Rams on Sunday.

Due to poor air quality from the massive fires, which have been fanned by the Santa Ana winds, the Rams were forced to cancel Wednesday's practice at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, according to The Orange County Register.

Rather than a typical 90-minute full practice, the Rams will hold a lighter “walk-thru” practice at Cal Lutheran, four days before their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Coliseum. The Rams’ practice schedule for Thursday and Friday has yet to be determined.  [ocregister.com]

The Eagles' practices, which are taking place further south in Anaheim, aren't expected to be impacted at this time. As for Sunday's game, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is located closer to the fires than where the Eagles are practicing, but nowhere near as close as where the Rams practice. 

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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday that he has not yet heard from the NFL about any contingency plans regarding the possibility of moving Sunday's game.

Still, with winds expected to climb on Thursday and increase the threat of fires, especially in the area immediately surrounding the Coliseum, there's no guarantee the game will go off as scheduled.

Stay tuned. We'll keep you updated with the latest.


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