The Rams canceled practice Friday as fast-moving wildfires spawned mandatory evacuations west of Los Angeles.
Writers covering the team reported Friday morning that the organization wants to give players and staff time to make sure their families are safe given the rapidly changing conditions.
No idea what might happen with Rams, but large areas of Ventura County are being evacuated this morning, including the area very close to where the Rams practice. I stayed in Thousand Oaks last night and got evacuated 2 hours ago. Fire seems to be moving away from practice area.
— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) November 9, 2018
The Rams practice at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, just west of the area that has been under threat from the Woolsey fire this week. The blaze expanded to 8,000 acres overnight, the Los Angeles Times reported, with about 75,000 area homes under evacuation orders.
The fire jumped the 101 Freeway early Friday, forcing the closure of the major thoroughfare and prompting a mandatory evacuation order for the Malibu area.
Fire has jumped the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon and is well established on the south side of the freeway.Avoid 101 of commuting, large back-ups behind closure pic.twitter.com/1BbrDUPgSj
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) November 9, 2018
The effects of the blaze come a day after the Rams spent much of their day thinking and talking about the mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar that resulted in the deaths of 12 people Wednesday night.
The Rams (8-1) are scheduled to host the Seahawks (4-4) at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. The stadium is about 45 miles southeast of the area affected by the fires.