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Posted on: December 1, 2023

Navy Hangar Fire Declared Out; Cleanup Well Underway as City Calls for Navy Accountability

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(Orange County, CA) -- The Orange County All-Hazards Incident Management Team (OC AHIMT) announced today that the final hotspot at the Navy Hangar site has been fully extinguished.

For the last 24 days, firefighters, public health officials, local, state, and federal agencies have worked together to address one of the most challenging structure fires in the County’s history on one of the largest all-wood buildings ever constructed.

“I am pleased to inform the public that the final hotspot at the Navy Hangar Fire has been extinguished,” said OC AHIMT Incident Commander and OCFA Division Chief Steve Dohman. “With all hotspots now declared out, the work to safely lower the hangar doors can begin, and the Navy can start removing debris from its site.”

“Today’s closure to one of Orange County’s most unprecedented incidents is good news for the community and would not have been possible without the strong partnerships and support we received from so many local and County experts,” Dohman said.

Residents who are concerned about the interior of their structures or who believe there is debris in their household may contact a Certified Asbestos Contractor (CAC) and their homeowner’s insurance company.

Officials estimate schools, parks, open space, and public right of ways are 90% completed and that over 50% of residential properties have been inspected with 35% cleared. Anyone wishing to report debris from the fire can use the City’s online debris portal at TustinCA.org or call the incident hotline at (714) 426–2444.

“I’m grateful for the efforts of the Orange County Fire Authority and all of our local, state, and federal partners who have been working around the clock to mitigate the incident at the Navy Hangar,” said Tustin Mayor Austin Lumbard. “The residents and businesses in the area who have been impacted by this fire now need the full accountability of the Navy and the support of the Governor’s Office and FEMA to help our City and our community financially recover.”

The cause of the Navy Hanger fire remains under investigation by the Orange County Fire Authority.

 

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