Deer Park Fire

Harris County - ITC Incident Update

Harris County has ceased continuous air monitoring for the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) Deer Park incident since no benzene level readings indicating a threat to public health have been found outside of the areas where public access has been blocked* since late March. This website is no longer being updated as of April 12, 2019. Harris County Commissioners Court has moved to explore a permanent approach to providing ongoing air monitoring information to the public, with an initial report expected back to Commissioners Court by May 24, 2019.

EPA and TCEQ are each still monitoring for benzene and other volatile organic compounds. Harris County is tracking the information collected on these agencies’ websites, which can be found here:
EPA: https://response.epa.gov/site/site_profile.aspx?site_id=14150
TCEQ: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/itc-monitoring-air-quality/

As a reminder, to report complaints regarding odor from the ITC incident or general air, water, or solid waste pollution complaints, please contact Harris County Pollution Control Services at (713) 920-2831.

* Public access has been blocked in the industrial complex and in the chemical spill area at Tucker’s Bayou.

Updated at 4/18/2019 10:00 AM

Archived data during active burning phase
Final Update: 3/20/2019 4:50 PM

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Helpful Numbers



ITC Claims
Please note: This is for information only. Before filing a claim, individuals are encouraged to seek independent legal counsel.
(346) 263-9766

Harris County Pollution Control
(713) 920-2831


Non-emergency Health Questions
Harris Health ‘Ask My Nurse’ Hotline
(713) 634-1110



Archive of Air Quality Monitoring Data


This data was collected by multiple sources, including Harris County Pollution Control (HCPC), the Texas National Guard 6th Civil Support Team, Harris County and City of Houston Hazmat, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), EPA and independent contractors to test for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) using handheld monitors. Each data point reflects data collected at the time and location denoted.

UPDATE: HCPH will no longer be providing daily health updates related to the ITC chemical plant fire and has transitioned into routine operations. However, we continue to work with our response partners with ongoing recovery efforts. Please continue to visit www.readyharris.org periodically to learn about any major updates. For public health updates please visit: www.hcphtx.org


Updated 4/18/2019 10:00 AM

What Can You Do?

  • Contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions or health-related concerns. Call 911 for any life-threatening emergencies.
    • If you do not have a health care provider, find a local health center near you: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov
    • Or Call the Harris Health System’s ‘Ask My Nurse’ helpline for basic health questions. This line is open from 8AM to 8:30PM. The number is 713-634-1110
  • Check on elderly neighbors or those who you are concerned about.
  • Talk to someone you trust if you’re feeling stress or anxious. Or you can contact the National Distress Line (call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746) offers 24/7 emotional support.

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