UCLA-Montana canceled due to wildfires

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The UCLA Bruins men’s basketball program announced that Wednesday’s game against the Montana Grizzlies has been canceled due to wildfires in Los Angeles.

The wildfires caused I-405 in the area to be completely shut down as the fires burned more than 83,000 acres, forcing residents from surrounding areas to evacuate.

Per CNN, authorities in LA ordered sections of the tony Bel-Air district near the fire to flee, which is a fraction of the notices sent to residents since the wildfires ensued on Monday. With winds slated to pick up on Wednesday night into Thursday, weather now poses further risk around the area.

UCLA has gotten off to a hot start at 7-1, the lone blemish on the record coming in the form of a 100-89 loss at a neutral site to the hands of Creighton. The Bruins’ best win of the season came on Nov. 21, a 72-70 upset victory over the Wisconsin Badgers.

Head coach Steve Alford is tasked with replacing star talent from last year’s squad in the form of notables such as T.J. Leaf and Lonzo Ball, with seven wins in eight tries marking a good start as Pac-12 play doesn’t start until Dec. 29.

UCLA is back in action on Saturday to face Michigan, a club the Bruins blew past last season, 102-84.

Montana is 5-3 on the season and nearly beat a Power Five opponent back on Nov. 13 in Pitt, which wound up claiming a five-point overtime win. With Wednesday’s game canceled, the Grizzlies are back on the floor Saturday to take on Georgia State.

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