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Strong, dry winds bring increased fire danger to Southern California


LOS ANGELES — Strong winds and low relative humidity levels are bringing increased fire danger to Southern California.

Northerly winds whipped up late Wednesday, buffeting parts of Los Angeles County with gusts topping 50 mph.

The National Weather Service says potentially stronger winds are expected Thursday night as what's being called the first significant Santa Ana event of the season begins.

Drivers are urged to use caution in mountain areas.

Humidity levels are predicted to slip into the teens. No red flag warnings have been issued but a less serious fire weather watch is in effect in the San Gabriel mountains through Friday.

Some communities will station additional crews in danger areas to deal with increased fire risk.

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