High wind and fire danger coming this week

High winds may create dangerous fire conditions in Southern California over the next few days, officials warned.

The National Weather Service issued a high-wind and fire watch for Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon, with possible hurricane-speed gusts of 80 mph or more in the mountain passes of Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties, and gusts of more than 60 mph in some lower-lying areas.

It could shape up to be the strongest offshore wind event the region has seen in years, the weather service warned.

The winds are expected to reach their highest intensity Thursday morning, potentially toppling trees and power lines and creating hazardous driving conditions, as well as a significant fire hazard.

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-- Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times

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