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Gusty, dry weather raises fire danger in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES — Southern California is facing extreme fire danger as a high-pressure area brings gusty Santa Ana winds and dry conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings into Monday night for most areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, and into Tuesday afternoon for valleys and mountains.

At the same time, forecasters expected literally freezing weather in the high desert Antelope Valley.

Red flag weather began over the weekend.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1xQBvGC ) says gusty winds on Sunday toppled trees onto cars in West Los Angeles and Canoga Park. No injuries are reported.

Winds also were blamed for blowing a kayaker offshore and partially submerging a boat Sunday in Ventura County. Three people were rescued, and two of them were treated for hypothermia.

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