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Air quality being monitored for football game in Berkeley

Ongoing wildfires in California are causing concern for Friday’s WSU football game against Cal Berkeley. The game is scheduled to take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. in California Memorial Stadium.

Cal Athletics released a statement this morning saying they do not expect any changes to the scheduled game.

“As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the Berkeley area was 155,” Cal Athletics said. “AQI numbers from smoke are highly dependent on wind direction and can change rapidly.”

The NCAA uses AQI of 200 or above as a threshold to delay or cancel competition. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the AQI reported by The Environmental Protection Agency was 160. The air quality forecast for tomorrow is 158.

The release also stated that over the past few days the AQI tended to decline in the evening and fall to moderate levels, rather than unhealthy.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott spoke about air quality during the league’s basketball media day in San Francisco today.

“We have been and are as we speak in active discussions with Stanford and Cal administrators,” Scott said. “The schools are in touch with local authorities, we’ve got policies and procedures in place, we are certainly consulting with them and looking at contingency planning if an event can’t be planned.”

The Environmental Protection Agency provides up-to-date information on air quality through the domain airnow.gov, the AQI will be used to determine whether Friday’s game will be played as scheduled.

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