Fire prompt fans to wear masks, 49ers to donate jerseys from 'Monday Night Football'

Wildfires in Northern California raised air quality concerns ahead of the Monday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.

The NFL had reportedly considered relocating the game if air quality surpassed an Air Quality Index threshold of 200, considered “very unhealthy.”

Air quality improved ahead of game

But those concerns subsided Monday as the air quality was measured around 120 leading up to the game, falling into the AQI range of “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

Some fans were still concerned and took facemasks of their own to the game to protect themselves from the smoky air from the Butte County wildfire.

ESPN cameras showed fans wearing masks in the stands during the game while local media outlet KRON showed people outside Levi’s Stadium getting ready with personalized masks.

“It kind of stings my nose,” 49ers parking lot attendant Bob Green told KRON of the smoke. “With the mask it’s a problem. But without the mask it’s a problem.”

ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported that both Giants coach Pat Shurmur and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan were not bothered by the smoke.

Pyrotechnics scheduled for the game were canceled.

49ers to donate jerseys to raise money for fire victims

The fire prompted the 49ers to take action by donating their game-worn jerseys to an auction to raise funds for the victims of nearby Camp Fire, which has claimed 42 lives and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California and still rages.

The 49ers promoted the auction which will benefit the North Valley Community Foundation.

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Fans concerned about air quality from nearby wildfires wore masks to Monday’s game between the Giants and 49ers. (Getty)
Fans concerned about air quality from nearby wildfires wore masks to Monday’s game between the Giants and 49ers. (Getty)