160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Guerra recommends all schools in the San Fernando Valley cancel outdoor activities until Monday. “The health of our students is always the No. 1 priority,” said Rick Prizant, Birmingham High of Lake Balboa athletic director. Concerns over health risks from smoke caused by the brush fires raging in the area has led to 16 high school football games being postponed or canceled. “There’s no way anyone should be subjected to these types of conditions unless absolutely necessary,” said Dr. George Guerra, an allergy specialist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills. “Even though your eyes may not detect anything, there’s quite a bit of fine particular manner floating around in the air that can cause real problems, especially when someone is exposed to it for a prolonged period of time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Birmingham, ranked No. 6 by the Daily News, moved its home game against No. 5 Hart scheduled for Friday to today at 1 p.m. at College of the Canyons in Valencia. “We wanted to do it at home Saturday night, but (school administrators) said we couldn’t do it until Monday,” Birmingham coach Ed Crosson said. “And with us playing Dorsey, and Hart playing Loyola (next) Friday, to try to play two games in a week of that magnitude, we just couldn’t do it.” The rest of the City Section schools will play on Monday. Five Southern Section games were moved from Friday to today, including the four Marmonte League openers. The league will have a triple-header at Buena High of Ventura today. Moorpark College postponed its home game scheduled for today against Santa Barbara City College to its bye week of Oct. 8. The Valley wasn’t entirely bereft of high school football Friday; Crespi of Encino elected to play its home game against St. Bonaventure of Ventura. “We did our due diligence in terms of consulting with everyone from experts to other principals and athletic directors and researching the Internet,” Crespi athletic director Dick Dornan said. “Ultimately, we decided the air quality at night would be playable. As a result, we decided to keep the game as originally scheduled.” This isn’t the first time area football games have been affected by fires. In November 2003, the City Section postponed all football games because of smoke caused by fires in Simi Valley. Guerra said outdoor activities such as football and soccer can cause potentially serious health problems because athletes tend to breathe more through their mouths when running. As a result, the poor air bypasses the filtering system in the nose and goes directly to the lungs. “And that’s when you can run into serious problems,” Guerra said. Some coaches even used it as a learning tool. “It teaches (the kids) a lesson in dealing with adversity and how sometimes you have to adapt,” Crosson said. “It would’ve been tough enough to play Hart on Friday night, but there’s no reason to cry about it. We just want our guys to make the best of the situation and go out and get after it.” — Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 [email protected] GAMES AFFECTED BY FIRE Games postponed or canceled because of the Topanga Fire: POSTPONED | Makeup date Oak Park at Oaks Christian | Not yet rescheduled. Simi Valley at Calabasas | Today, 9 a.m. at Buena. Hart at Birmingham | Today, 1 p.m. at College of the Canyons. Newbury Park at Agoura | Today, 6 p.m. at Nordhoff High. Thousand Oaks at Moorpark | Today, 6:30 p.m. at Buena High. Burroughs at Chaminade | Today, 7 p.m. Westlake at Royal | Today, 8:30 p.m. at Buena. Hollywood at Cleveland | Monday, 2:30 p.m. El Camino Real at Kennedy | Monday, 2:30 p.m. Sylmar at North Hollywood | Monday, 3 p.m. University at Poly | Monday, 3 p.m. at University. Canoga Park at Reseda | Monday, 7 p.m. Chatsworth at San Fernando | Monday, 7 p.m. Marshall vs. L.A. Baptist at Alemany High | Not yet rescheduled. CANCELED Flintridge Prep at Verdugo Hills. Sage Hill at Viewpoint, Saturday.