ALL UPDATED INCIDENT INFORMATION IN BLUE:
THANKSGIVING WORK SCHEDULE: Crews will be working on Thanksgiving morning from 0600 – 1130, and then will be pausing work for the remainder of the day. Work will resume as usual on Friday, November 24th.
RESIDENTIAL UNVERIFIED DEBRIS INVESTIGATION AND MITIGATION:
We are happy to report that today, crews started investigating and mitigating unverified reports of debris related to the hangar fire in the Columbus Square Community. Crews will be assessing the exterior portions of the front and back yards. They will inspect these unverified reports and mitigate any potentially hazardous debris items. This debris is unverified until laboratory testing confirms what it contains. The resident will be notified if any of this material is confirmed to contain asbestos or other potentially hazardous material associated with the fire. We will continue utilizing our residential inspection program to investigate every unverified debris report throughout the impacted area. If you believe you have debris related to the incident, please report any expected debris using our debris reporting portal on our webpage at Tustinca.org or call 714-426-2444.
FIRE SUPRESSION / DECONSTRUCTION OF THE HANGAR: Work has resumed after the wind event to extinguish all remaining hotspots of the hangar fire. Part of this effort involved the use of a drone with infrared (IR) capability to identify hidden pockets of heat in the debris piles, and guide crews to saturate those locations. A few remaining small areas of heat are being addressed, and we expect full extinguishment in the next 48-72 hours. Contracted specialists have been working to safely extinguish any remaining hotspots located on the hangar site for several days, which included the deconstruction of the remaining hangar walls and intense saturation of debris by mobile water trucks for fire suppression and dust abatement. Currently, there is no visible fire or smoke from the hangar site. At the present time, no action will be taken on the hangar doors or concrete pillars, which will be addressed at a later date. A plan is being developed to stabilize the doors in place for the safety of our workers and the public.
AIR MONITORING INFORMATION: 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.
N95 Mask Availability: In response to requests from community members, the City of Tustin has procured a limited number of N95 masks. These masks will be available free to community members at the following locations and hours of operation. These locations will be closed Thanksgiving Day through the weekend. They will reopen Monday, November 27.
Columbus Tustin Recreation Center Tustin Area Senior Center
17522 Beneta Way, Tustin CA 92780 200 South C Street, Tustin, CA 92780
Cross Streets: Prospect Ave & Beneta Way Cross Streets: Main Street & East 2nd Street
Monday – Wednesday: 09:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday – Wednesday: 08:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: Closed Thanksgiving Thursday: Closed Thanksgiving
Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday: Closed :
CALL CENTER AND WEBSITE: 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 (including Thanksgiving).
PARK CLOSURES: Some parks have reopened after debris testing, while others are still closed. Please follow the following link for up-to-date park closure information.
SCHOOL CLOSURES: Schools continue to be tested for debris. Please use the following link for up-to-date information on school closure status:
Future updates from this incident will be released daily that will include updated information based on new intel from the incident.