Tue. Mar 5th, 2024

Although there are no longer any visible flames or smoke seen from the hangar site, Infrared (IR) drone flights are still showing a couple small spots of heat coming from deep within the debris pile on the floor of the hangar. These deep seeded hot spots are buried several feet below heavy timber and roofing material that collapsed on itself during the fire. Access to these spots to get water on them has been a challenge, but crews on the ground are working hard to gain access to these void spaces to completely extinguish them. Once these have been mitigated, an update will be made on the website.


The exact plan is still developing, but generally it will require the use of large construction cranes to secure the top of the doors, and then slowly lowering them down to the ground. This will be done in a controlled manner, one door section at a time. Once a contractor has been secured, the plan and timetable will be released to the public.


Crews continue to expand into the immediate areas surrounding the hangar to investigate and mitigate unverified reports of debris related to the hangar fire. While the residential clearing of exterior (front & back yards) continues, other crews are remediating the schools, parks, and open fields. Some of these workers are literally crawling on their hands and knees, shoulder to shoulder, clearing every square foot of these areas. It’s a labor-intensive process, but progress is being made. More Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) crews are arriving to reinforce the six hundred workers already present. The focus of these inspections will begin at the neighborhoods closest to the fire. Please report any suspected debris using our debris reporting portal on our webpage at www.Tustinca.org or call 714-426-2444. Crews will leave a flyer at your door with information and a QR code to make a future appointment if they come through your neighborhood and you are not home.


If you have used the debris portal to report possible hazardous debris items, this is a step-by-step process for how our teams will respond:

  • Your report will be assigned to a Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) who will contact you to set up a time to visit your home or business.
  • *The CAC or Certified Site Surveillance Technician (CSST) will visit your home to collect a sample of the debris and send it off-site for testing. You will be contacted to confirm whether the debris is Asbestos Containing Material (ACM).
  • *If the debris tests positive for asbestos, an ACM remediation team will be assigned to return to your home to clean-up the debris. Upon completion of the clean-up, a third team will return to your home or business to confirm a successful remediation of the area.
  • You will be asked by the crew to sign a release of liability that only provides consent for the crews to access your private property to investigate and remediate any suspected material.
  • Please refer to the “Private Property Consent and Waiver Process” document located on the Tustin Hangar homepage in the Daily Information Update section.


All roads have been reopened with the exception of Armstrong between Victory Road and Valencia Avenue.


Air monitoring and sampling locations have been set up surrounding the North Hangar Fire incident to provide the Incident Management Team real-time information on Particulate Matter (PM) in the air. While the units are in place, a graph showing the average reading for the last 24 hours has been provided for the public’s reference. This graph can be accessed from the Hangar Incident website located at https://tustinca.org.


The City of Tustin has procured N95 masks. These masks will be available at the Tustin Recreation Center, located at 17522 Beneta Way (Cross streets of Prospect & Beneta). This location will be open Monday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.


The City of Tustin’s website contains the most up-to-date information regarding the Hangar Incident. We encourage the community to visit the website https://www.tustinca.org before using the call center as a lot of the questions can be answered on the website. If more information is needed, the community may call 714-426-2444, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.


Some parks have reopened after debris testing, while others are still closed. Please follow the following link for up-to-date park closure information. https://www.tustinca.org/715/Parks-Information


Schools continue to be tested for debris. Please use the following link for up-to-date information on school closure status: https://www.tustin.k12.ca.us/tustin-hangar…/school-status

Future updates from this incident will be released daily that will include updated information based on new intel from the incident.

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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