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In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, smoke and flames from the the Sheep Fire rise above the trees near Essex. (Greg Lindstrom/Flathead Beacon via AP)  

KALISPELL (AP) — Some Montana sports teams have moved practice indoors and could be forced to delay games because of air quality alerts.

The Flathead Beacon reports that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued alerts in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Glacier and Sanders counties due to smoky conditions. Coaches in affected areas are concerned as football season openers are around the corner, with Bigfork and Glacier scheduled to host games Friday.

Football cancelations are problematic because most divisions have tight schedules. Bigfork plays eight games with one bye week before playoffs begin. Glacier plays 10 games between now and Oct. 30.

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Both Bigfork and Glacier will determine whether to play by late Friday afternoon.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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