Cal, WSU matchup could be postponed due to smoke

Phillip Downey  File

Phillip Downey File

The fires that have ravaged Northern California this week have made for some poor air quality in the Bay Area.

Cal football game may be postponed this Friday due to smoky conditions in the area from the multiple wildfires that are now burning in the state.

The spokesman also said Cal has reached out to the Pac-12 Conference about the situation. "As of the time of this release, we do not anticipate any changes to our scheduled game with Washington State".

The NCAA created new rules in 2015 regarding air quality, stating that, "schools should consider removing sensitive athletes from outdoor practice or competition venues at an (Air Quality Index) over 100". At AQIs of over 150, all athletes should be closely monitored. "All athletes should be removed from outdoor practice or competition venues at AQIs of 200 or above".

As of Thursday morning, Weather Underground rates the air quality in Berkeley as "unhealthy" at 154 on the air quality index. Still, the AQI in Berkeley has declined the past few evenings, falling into the 80s by 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials will continue to observe the AQI data and will provide further updates as more information becomes available. We're certainly consulting with them and looking at contingency plans if an event can't be played.

"They're monitoring it", said Cal head coach Justin Wilcox on Wednesday.

The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m., but officials are now monitoring the Air Quality Index (AQI) to make sure it is below 200 before and during the game.