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Poor air quality forces WSU’s practice indoors

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Air quality in Pullman forced the Cougars to open their week of Boise State game prep with a practice in their indoor facility.

Theo Lawson - Spokesman Review

Smoke from wildfires raging throughout the Pacific Northwest, Montana, and British Columbia is wreaking havoc everywhere, including Pullman. In fact, the air quality was so bad today, it forced the team to begin their week of practice leading up to the game against the Boise State Broncos inside their indoor practice facility.

As you can see in the above picture (thank you to beat writer Theo Lawson at the Spokesman Review), the thick smoke makes it hazardous to be outside to an extended period. Add in the physical exertion that goes into a standard football practice and it can be downright dangerous.

When it comes to Saturday’s game, the school says they haven’t any kind of determination as to whether it will be cancelled, moved, etc.

For what it’s worth at this point, the National Weather Service expects the smoke to clear out to just widespread haze by tomorrow night all the way through the weekend.

For students on campus, the WSU Alerts page expects the smoke to remain thick again Wednesday but classes won’t be cancelled. As usual in these types of conditions, you’re asked to stay indoors as much as possible and limit time outside to going between classes. You should take special care as well if you have any preexisting respiratory issues.