Stampeders cancel outdoor practice due to poor air quality

The Calgary Stampeders cancelled outdoor practice Monday because of smoke from forest fires.

The city’s air quality health index was eight on a scale of one to 10 and thus deemed high risk for outdoor activities.

There were 64 active fires burning in southeastern B.C., as well as another four west and northwest of Calgary on Monday.

Rain was forecasted for late Monday and Tuesday, so the Stampeders may get back on McMahon Stadium turf Tuesday under clearer skies.

Looking to rebound from an opening week loss at home to the Toronto Argonauts, the Stampeders were held to three field goals in a 15-9 loss to the B.C. Lions on Thursday.

Calgary had trouble all game generating any offence against the Lions and had one last chance to win the game on the final play, but quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell couldn’t find an open receiver in the end zone on his desperation toss from midfield.

The Stampeders hadn’t lost two straight games to start a season since 2009.

Calgary (0-2) are at home to the Montreal Alouettes on Friday.

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