A 5A Inland Empire League game between Lewiston and Post Falls will now be played at Post Falls High School due to low air quality in Lewiston, as a result of wildfires, both schools announced Friday afternoon.
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Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday night. SBLive Idaho has identified the game among the most compelling matchups across the state in Week 3. An audio stream of the game will be available on Big Country News.
Air quality levels in Lewiston dipped to unhealthy on Friday, according to a real-time Air Quality Index tracker, due to wind patterns shifting and bringing smoke from the many wildfires in Oregon, Washington and California. The air quality is expected to continue to deteriorate, according to The Lewiston Tribune. Air quality in Post Falls is “moderate” with a 55 AQI score as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to tracker IQAir.
The scheduling shift means Lewiston (2-0) will head on the road for the third consecutive week, after beating defending 4A state champions Kuna on the road nearly 300 miles south, 37-30, in Week 1, then edging Lake City on the road last Friday in Week 2, 58-50.
Post Falls (1-1) will kick off league play after beating Sandpoint on the road in Week 1, 35-14, then losing a home thriller to Rigby in Week 2, 44-42.
Fans are permitted and Post Falls has set aside 400 tickets for Lewiston fans.