Raiders-Chargers may be moved if wildfires make it necessary

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

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

Lockhart said the primary consideration on whether to play the game in Oakland is the air quality, with wildfires raging in Northern California.

"We continue to monitor air quality conditions in the Bay Area and are in close communication with both the Raiders and Chargers, as well as local authorities", Signora said. The stadium will host USC vs. Utah at 5 p.m. PT Saturday, about 20 hours before when Raiders-Chargers would occur if kept at its scheduled kickoff time.

Oakland, which is some 45 miles south of the fires, has been blanketed by smoke. At that stage, the Environmental Protection Agency suggests "People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion". The 49ers' facility in Santa Clara is available, but the wildfires have affected the air quality there, too.