ANAHEIM, Calif. — The wildfires that have been burning in parts of Southern California since Tuesday won’t affect the Eagles’ preparations this week for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
But they have forced the Rams to make some changes in their practice schedule.
Poor air quality from a fire in Ventura County prompted Rams coach Sean McVay to alter his practice Wednesday at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks. The college is about 25 miles northwest of Ventura County.
McVay canceled the team’s 90-minute full practice for Wednesday afternoon and held a shorter walk-through indoors.
“The air quality isn’t quite up to where we’d like, so we were able to move over to the basketball gym,” McVay said Wednesday on a conference call.
“It kept guys off their feet a little more than usual at this stage of the season, but hopefully we’ll be able to regain our normal practice schedule (Thursday).”
Neither McVay nor Eagles coach Doug Pederson have heard anything about the NFL rescheduling Sunday’s game, which is being held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Eagles are practicing this week at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, which is about 100 miles from the fire.
According to McVay, none of the Rams’ players’ or coaches’ families have been directly affected by the fires, which were fanned by strong Santa Ana winds that have been blowing since Monday evening.
According to news reports, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County north of Los Angeles ignited Monday evening, followed by nearly a half dozen other blazes.
About 27,000 people have been evacuated and nearly 100 square miles of land have been destroyed.
“The fires are obviously a serious issue,” Pederson said Wednesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who have been affected.”
Chad Shagren, a 2003 Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate who works in the movie industry, said Wednesday that he could see smoke from one of the fires from his apartment on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles.
"It's actually really close to my apartment, about a two-minute drive,' Shagren said. "But we're fine. The wind isn't blowing in our direction, so we should be safe."
If the game is postponed, it would not be the first time the Eagles have involved in such a delay.
On Dec. 27, 2010, the threat of a snowstorm prompted the Eagles and the NFL to move their game against Minnesota at Lincoln Financial Field from Sunday night to Tuesday night. The Vikings wound up with a 24-14 victory.
"This reminds me of the snow game," said Pederson, who was the Eagles' quarterbacks coach at the time under head coach Andy Reid.