THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA/AP) — Poor air quality from the wildfires burning in Ventura and Los Angeles counties has ground sports and TV productions to a halt.

The Los Angeles Rams decided not to practice outdoors Wednesday due to poor air quality around their training complex in Ventura County, where a wildfire has burned more than 90,000 acres.

The Rams (9-3) intend to work out on their fields as normal Thursday while they prepare for their showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) at the Coliseum this weekend. However, that plan could change as the fire has grown and now approaches the community of Ojai on its eastern flank.

The Rams’ complex is about 25 miles from the blaze. The resulting smoke caused enough problems in air quality to persuade coach Sean McVay to skip practice in favor of a walk-through indoors at nearby Cal Lutheran University, even though the air improved markedly between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rams and their staff don’t have homes affected by the Ventura County fire, but they’re still eager to help out their neighbors.

Punter Johnny Hekker jumped into action during the players’ day off Tuesday when he heard about a Red Cross shelter at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in need of supplies. Hekker and his wife, Makayla, who is 6 1/2 months pregnant, ran to a store in nearby Newbury Park and bought a truckload of clothes, food and other products to be distributed among evacuees.

These areas are taking aid items.
Things needed are children’s shoes, adult shoes, undergarments, socks and diapers.
If you are able, drop off some items and help those in need.

— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) December 6, 2017

“Living in this community, we have to have each other’s backs,” Hekker said. “These people support us throughout the season and are big fans of us. If …read more

Source:: Losangeles – Sports


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