For five years, San Marcos city officials kept from public view a color-coded map showing varying degrees of risk to residents from catastrophic wildfires ---- including two neighborhoods judged to be in "extreme" danger of property loss, death or injury ---- for fear insurance companies would use the information to justify dropping policies or hiking rates, officials have acknowledged.

In 2005, San Marcos commissioned a study to assess wildfire risks for the city's communities. The study rated two communities as having "extreme" and five as having "very high" risks during wildfires.

City officials said in a series of recent interviews that they decided not to publicly release a color-coded map from the study that marked Coronado Hills and neighboring Attebury in a shade of deep red ---- signifying extreme wildfire hazard ---- opting instead to circulate a version showing all wildfire areas in a uniform shade of green.

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Farrel: "The house being gone is just about like having, you know, someone you love, a relative, that was just there all the time, but they've died." Allison: "It's kind of like a death in the family. It's gone and you can't get it back."

Farrel and Debbie Allison, Greenburg KS Resident, Episode 3; Greensburg

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