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Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:05 am, Wed Sep 21, 2011.

Eight counties from San Joaquin to Kern will be subject to an air alert today through Thursday, according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Residents will be asked to refrain from idling while dropping off or picking up students, carpooling or vanpooling, and using drive-through services is discouraged, according to the air pollution district.

A large compost fire in Lathrop is producing localized smoke which affects Manteca, district officials said in a news release. Smoke contains small pieces of airborne material such as soot and ash that are dangerous to human health, according to the district.

For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/3uqrxjk. To sign up for a free subscription to the Air Alert email notification system, visit www.tinyurl. com/6aucfjv.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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