Will our air quality be affected by smoke from the Houston fire?

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A plume of smoke from a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company is shown over downtown Houston Monday, March 18, 2019. The large fire at the Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said Monday, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within normal guidelines. (AP Photo/David J. […]

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The fire at a chemical storage facility outside of Houston was finally extinguished this morning, but many Central Texas residents have been worried that the smoke generated by the massive, four-day blaze might be headed toward the Austin-area. 

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Remnant airborne smoke from Houston is not expected to reach our area and has not affected our local air quality over the past several days, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that monitors daily air quality across the state.

Winds between Austin and Houston are light and variable through much of Wednesday — then actually blow briefly from northwest to southeast (from Austin to Houston) as a weak cold front blows through our area late this afternoon.

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Harris County officials and the TCEQ maintain that air quality levels even in Houston, close to the now-extinguished fire, will remain in a healthy range today.

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