Wildfires Impact LT, Chargers

Tomlinson, others forced to evacuate homes
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2007 9:43 PM CDT
Wildfires Impact LT, Chargers
San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL's Chargers, serves as a shelter thousands of people who were evacuated due to wildfires from numerous communitiesin San Diego county Calif., Monday, Oct. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)   (Associated Press)

The wildfires blazing through San Diego County forced 40 Chargers to evacuate their homes, including star running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The team cancelled practice today due to poor air quality, and will move their operations to Arizona for the rest of the week. It is not yet clear whether the fires will affect Sunday’s home game against Houston, reports the AP.

Tomlinson was not the only famous athlete among the 250,000 forced to leave their homes—some of whom are sheltering at the Chargers' stadium. Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and Padres closer Trevor Hoffman have also been affected by the fires. “I hope my house is there when it's all over,” said Gwynn. The Chargers had to play a 2003 home game in Arizona because of a similar disaster. (More football stories.)

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