LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Weather Service says some areas of Southern California will experience an extended period of strong and potentially damaging winds.

Forecasters say northwesterly winds began Tuesday across the Antelope Valley and Interstate 5 corridor north of Los Angeles.

By evening, northerly winds gusting to 60 mph will begin blowing across southern Santa Barbara County and below the Santa Ynez Mountains, especially near Montecito.

By early Wednesday, high pressure over the Great Basin will cause the winds to shift to the northeast, affecting the region broadly from San Diego to Los Angeles, where additional firefighters will be stationed in danger areas starting Wednesday morning to deal with increased fire danger.

Wind advisories are also in effect around much of the San Joaquin Valley, and Red Flag warnings are posted along the Eastern Sierra because of conditions that allow rapid growth of fires.

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