Wildfires, Flooding and Warriors: NBC Bay Area’s Top Stories of 2017

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The lives of countless North Bay residents changed forever on the night of Oct. 8 when a <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Fire-Crews-Battle-200-Acre-Fire-in-Napa-County--450034323.html" "target="_blank">devastating series of wind-whipped blazes</a> ignited across multiple counties. The fires would rages for weeks, eventually resulting in 43 deaths, more than 8,400 homes lost and tens of thousands of acres burned. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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It was like a scene out of a movie: scores of homes and cars in February were swallowed as <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Flooding-San-Jose-Streets-Coyote-Creek-414378043.html" "target="_blank">flood waters gushed through San Jose neighborhoods</a> along swollen Coyote Creek. Residents and animals were forced to flee as rainfall-fueled runoff from the nearby Anderson Reservoir inundated the low-lying areas along the creek. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
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For the second time in three seasons, <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Golden-State-Warriors-Cleveland-Cavaliers-Game-5-NBA-Finals-427952833.html" "target="_blank">the Golden State Warriors hoisted the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy</a> after knocking off the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games during the NBA Finals. The Bay Area's basketball team finished the playoffs with a nearly perfect 16-1 record thanks to its star-studded lineup, including new addition and NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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San Franciscans and those in the political world on Dec. 12 woke up to stunning news that <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Francisco-Mayor-Ed-Lee-Dies-463603123.html" "target="_blank">San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died</a> after suffering a heart attack. Lee, 65, was the city's 43rd mayor and its first Asian-American mayor.
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The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit in March discovered that roughly <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/A-Tragedy-Hundreds-of-Thousands-of-California-Residents-Exposed-to-Contaminated-Water-415136393.html" "target="_blank">700,000 Californians were being exposed to contaminated water</a> at home or at school.
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As rain pounded California during the winter months, hundreds of thousands of people packed up their cars and drove for safety as authorities tried to shore up the <a href="http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Oroville-Dam-in-Danger-of-Collapse-Evacuations-Ordered-413543783.html " "target="_blank">damaged main spillway and emergency spillway</a> at the nation's tallest dam at Lake Oroville in Northern California. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
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Adults tried to catch her, but they failed. A 6-year-old tried to catch, and she succeeded. Say hello to <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/-Captured-On-Video-6-Year-Old-Girl-Rescues-Stray-Dog-Others-Spent-Months-Trying-To-Catch-409613215.html" "target="_blank">Meghan Topping, a Morgan Hill girl and so-called dog whisperer</a> who was the one person capable of bringing a shepherd-mix pup in from the cold.
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The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit in the fall found that as many as 2,000 leopard sharks and other marine creatures <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Thousands-of-Sharks-Other-Sea-Life-Mysteriously-Die-in-San-Francisco-Bay-State-Says-No-Funding-Available-to-Determine-Cause-449096583.html" "target="_blank">mysteriously died in the water of the San Francisco Bay</a>. One expert suggested a parasite may be behind the die-off.
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A UPS employee in June opened fire inside one of the company's San Francisco warehouses, <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Active-Shooter-San-Francisco-Police-428441423.html" "target="_blank">killing three co-workers before taking his own life</a>. The three employees who were killed were all described as being beloved deliverymen adored by their families and those on their delivery routes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Search-For-Escaped-Psychiatric-Patient-Randall-Saito-Hawaii-457549753.html" "target="_blank">man described as fitting the profile of a serial killer</a> somehow escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital back in November, boarded a charter flight to Maui, and then hopped onto a plane bound for San Jose. The man led authorities on a days-long search in California before he was eventually captured in Stockton.
Vice President Mike Pence attended the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game back in October, but he didn't stay for long. Pence <a href="https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Vice-President-Pence-Leaves-NFL-Game-49ers-Players-Protest-National-Anthem-449986733.html" "target="_blank">ditched the game after a number of 49ers dropped to a knee</a> as part of the ongoing national anthem protests that were spearheaded in 2016 by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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It most likely comes as no surprise that a President Donald Trump-related story dominated attention in 2017. But NBC Bay Area's top story of the year in terms of page views didn't focus directly on the commander in chief. It focused on Trump's senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, and <a href="http://www.nbcbayarea.com/multimedia/Kellyanne-Conways-Trump-Revolutionary-Wear-411310025.html " "target="_blank">her inauguration day outfit</a>, which consisted of a Gucci jacket she described as "Trump Revolutionary Wear." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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