"I think we are in a safe area for smoke and the air is okay for us," said the Belgian.
There is a full complement of fixtures on Thursday, from world champions and Premier League leaders Liverpool taking on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium to League Two's bottom side Stevenage taking on Forest Green.
Italian great Marcello Lippi's departure in November after a 2-1 loss to Syria has upset many, as the country has introduced naturalized foreign players to invigorate the national team, but the team continue to struggle against non-minnows.
Australia is no stranger to bushfires, but this season's blazes have been severe with more than 1,300 homes destroyed and over 5.5 million hectares scorched.
It is their London rivals Arsenal that have the claim to be the club where assists are worth their weight in goals. When Henrikh Mkhitaryan notched a trio of assists on his Arsenal debut he became the 10th Gunners player in the Premier League era to mark the milestone.
"Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints," he posted on Twitter - with the combination of a hashtag and the capital letter of Saints apparently adding the New Orleans team's fleur-de-lis logo.
Kyrgios, in Brisbane for the inaugural ATP Cup team competition, said the tennis world now had the chance to do "something special."
This will be San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's first start in Seattle, after missing last year's game with a torn ACL.
Those who question F1's credentials as a sport, given the role of the car in making the star, or its carbon footprint, might have no problem with that.
"It is not easy and you have to fight with all you have. Sometimes we have more and sometimes less and the boys do that all the time, so I couldn't be more proud of what they did again. To get that result over the line is just impressive."
Master batsman Steve Smith ground out an unbeaten 77 Thursday as he zeroed in on yet another century, putting Australia in the driving seat after the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand.
"Obviously we're concerned about that [the bushfires], but we're all ready to play," said Bulgaria captain Grigor Dimitrov, a sentiment echoed by world No.11 David Goffin.
James, who at 33 produced one of the best seasons of his outstanding career, is in the running for a fifth career MVP title.