Amid B.C. fires, Eskimos ‘cautiously optimistic’ game against Alouettes will proceed

The B.C. wildfires are wreaking all kinds of havoc.

Edmonton Eskimos president Len Rhodes is ‘cautiously optimistic’ Saturday’s scheduled game against the Montreal Alouettes in Week 10 will be played.

“The Edmonton Eskimos and CFL would like to update our fans on the outlook for Saturday night’s game in Edmonton in light of the wildfire smoke that has engulfed the area this week. We remain in touch with weather experts. They indicate a cold front is forecast to eventually move across the prairies and reduce the smoke. That has prompted us to be cautiously optimistic,” the Eskimos statement said.

“However, they also stress that it is still too early at this time to be definitive about the conditions that can be expected tomorrow. So we continue to prepare for a kickoff at 7 p.m. Edmonton time on Saturday. At the same time, we continue to carefully monitor the situation. As always, we want to ensure safe conditions for the players and a positive experience for our fans. And we will continue to keep everyone informed. We plan to provide our next update at noon tomorrow Edmonton time — sooner if our information materially changes before then.”

The smoke is passing over the mountains and into Alberta causing poor air quality across much of the province. The conditions prompted the Eskimos to move practice inside this week.

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