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Santa Ana winds raise S. California fire danger

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Red flag warnings for fire danger are posted for much of Southern California as dry and gusty Santa Ana winds blow through the region.

The National Weather Service says northeasterly gusts up to 60 mph are possible Monday in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains. A high-wind warning is in effect until noon Wednesday.

Drivers are urged to use caution navigating mountain passes.

A red flag warning denoting a risk of wildfire will be in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday in mountains and forests, most valley areas and the Los Angeles coastal zone.

The Santa Anas are being generated by strong surface high pressure anchored over the Great Basin.

Temperatures are expected to be mostly in the 60s and 70s, with some areas topping out in the low 80s.

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