The persistent Swan Lake wildfire has prompted changes to at least four of this week’s high school football games.
A big showdown between a pair of top-ranked teams — the Division I South Wolverines and the Division II Soldotna Stars — has moved from Friday to Saturday and from the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage.
Kickoff for the nonconference game had not been set as of Wednesday afternoon, South coach Walter Harmon said.
The wildfire has slowed and sometimes halted travel on the Sterling Highway, so Soldotna’s football team will fly instead of drive to Anchorage, Stars coach Galen Brantley said Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, two games have been canceled, and the four teams involved have swapped opponents.
Homer’s scheduled game at Monroe and Valdez’s scheduled game at Nikiski have been canceled because of travel uncertainties on the Sterling Highway.
Valdez will instead travel to Fairbanks to play Monroe, and Homer and Nikiski will play each other at Nikiski. Both games will be played Friday, with Valdez-Monroe kicking off at 6 p.m. and Homer-Nikiski kicking off at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Redington-Seward game will be played in Redington instead of Seward. That game is set for Thursday at 7 p.m.
Palmer at Colony, 7 p.m.
Seward at Redington, 7 p.m.
Chugiak at Bartlett, 6 p.m.
Valdez at Monroe, 6 p.m.
Juneau at Dimond, 7 p.m.
West Valley at Service, 7 p.m.
Homer at Nikiski, 7 p.m.
Soldotna at South, TBA
Lathrop at Kenai, 1 p.m.
North Pole at Eagle River, 2 p.m.
West at East, 2 p.m.
Houston at Barrow, 2:15 p.m.
Ketchikan at Eielson, 2:30 p.m.
Wasilla at Kodiak 5 p.m.