Due to the Helena Fire in Trinity County, the football game between West Hills College Coalinga and host Shasta College has been postponed. A date and time for the game has yet to be determined.
The fire started on Wednesday and remains at zero percent containment. Football practice at Shasta College was cancelled on Thursday due to poor air quality, and smoke and ash were reported in the city.
School officials from West Hills College and Shasta College have been in communication during the last 24 hours, as they continued to monitor the progress. The game was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m., but moved to 11:00 a.m. due to the forecast of 115 degrees on Saturday.
Shasta College has also cancelled men's and women's soccer games on its campus this weekend.
"After discussions between athletic directors and the conference commissioner, it was decided that postponing the game was in the best interest for the health and safety of our student-athletes," said WHCC associate dean of athletics Eric Mendoza.
Northern California Football Conference Commissioner Gary Kollenborn released a statement this morning to its membership: "The NCFC West Hills at Shasta College game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 has been postponed due to unhealthy quality of air issues due to smoke from forest fires."
WHCC head coach Justin Berna informed his staff and students this morning.
"Everyone is anxious to play, but we understand that things happen sometimes that are beyond our control," said Berna.
"When the time is appropriate, we will return to focusing on the game. We hope everyone is safe near and around Shasta College and the Redding area."
More information coming soon ...