Gusty Winds In SoCal Forecast, Officials On Fire Watch

Gusty winds were expected to blow through Southern California Monday, putting the region under increased risk of fire and threatening to rustle the Rose Parade.

A high-pressure system was descending on the region, bringing 25- to 40 mph winds with gusts of up to 65 mph, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service planned to issue a "red flag" warning starting noon, indicating warm, dry, windy conditions conducive to brush fires.

The warning was expected to last until Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

That means the New Year's Day parade in Pasadena could see some winds.

The weather service planned to issue a similar warning for Orange and San Diego counties, and the inland regions, starting 11 a.m.

The winds will be strongest through and below mountain canyons and passes, forecasters said.

Hot, dry winds helped spread a spate of forest fires in October that scorched some 800 square miles and destroyed 2,196 homes in seven Southern California counties.

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