Raiders still planning to host Chargers after smoke concerns

Smoke from wildfires fills the morning air in a view of San Francisco through the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

ALAMEDA, California — The Oakland Raiders are still planning to host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday despite concerns about poor air quality resulting from wildfires in California's wine country.

The team said Friday officials would continue to monitor the air quality in the Bay Area and would update fans if there were changes regarding the game.

Thick smoke and ash have filled Bay Area skies since the wildfires started Sunday about 50 miles north of Oakland. The fires have killed 31 people and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses.

The NFL has been monitoring the air quality, which forced the Raiders to alter their outdoor schedule this week and raised the possibility that the game would be moved.

"I think we're going to be fine," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. "Obviously it's a serious situation what's going on up north. A lot of people have had their lives turned upside down. Some people have lost their lives so it's a tough deal."

Del Rio said conditions near the team's facilities had improved over the past two days. Even so, the Raiders have advised players on precautionary steps to take, including the use of masks while outside.

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