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The City Fire Maps Challenge

2012 in review: homeowners worried their insurance rates would go up once their homes were categorized in "very high fire danger zones."

The City Fire Maps Challenge

Worried homeowners flocked to the City Council, concerned about rising insurance rates in the face of a new fire maps designation.

The matter came and went in 2012, with politicians on both sides of the issue using it to bolster their election campaigns.

New Fire Maps: Are You at Risk?

Thousands of Mission Viejo homes rest within very high fire danger areas, according to maps drafted by state firefighters.

Most of the homes affected sit on the city's eastern border, north of the 241 toll road or near El Toro Road.

Sparks Fly in City Fire Maps Debate

The way Mission Viejo names its fire hazard zones ignited a verbal firestorm during an August City Council meeting.

During the second reading of a city ordinance—usually a routine matter enacted without debate—council members accused one another of misleading the public during a 45-minute discussion.

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