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Wildfire Smoke Forces CWU Football Game to be Moved

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Central Washington University says thick smoke from wildfires has prompted it to move Saturday’s home football game against Azusa Pacific University from the CWU campus in Ellensburg, Wash., to a stadium in a Seattle suburb.

Central’s athletic department said Wednesday the game will be played at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, Wash. That 4,500-seat stadium with artificial turf is home to several area high school football teams.

It’s about 115 miles northwest of Ellensburg.

CWU athletics director Jack Bishop says his school made the move because air quality in the Kittitas Valley is projected to be in the “hazardous range.”

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