DEER PARK, Texas (FOX 26) - The National Weather Service says the smoke plume from the ITC Deer Park fire will likely spread northwest over Harris County this afternoon.
According to the NWS forecast, the plume will initially go to the west-northwest, then spread more slowly north-northwest and north through the afternoon.
The National Weather Service says the plume will be lofted well up into the atmosphere near 5,000 to 6,000 feet.
Here is where the plume should cover this afternoon. Initially to the west-northwest then spreading more slowly north=northwest and north through the afternoon. Again the plume will be lofted well up into the atmosphere near 5000-6000 feet. pic.twitter.com/2pL0hpAIhP— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) March 19, 2019
Air quality is being monitored throughout the Houston area. According to the latest update from ITC at 2:30 a.m., "reading are currently well below hazardous levels."
The public can monitor air quality data at https://www.readyharris.org/Deer-Park-Fire
The fire at the ITC Deer Park facility has been burning for nearly 48 hours. Officials say it could be until Wednesday that the fire burns out.