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Kamala Harris makes trip to California as wildfires rage

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks to reporters after announcing her candidacy for President of the United States, at Howard University, her alma mater, on January 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Harris is the first African-American woman to announce a run for the White House in 2020. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday returned to her home state of California for the first time as the Democratic vice presidential nominee as historic wildfires rage across the state.

Washington (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday returned to her home state of California for the first time as the Democratic vice presidential nominee as historic wildfires rage across the state.

Harris was joined by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and met with emergency officials.

Standing in front of a burnt playground at an elementary school, Harris said, "Sadly, these wildfires and the devastation they cause are utterly predictable. "

Those chimneys remind me of tombstones," Harris said.

"This is not a partisan issue," Harris said.

This is just a fact," Harris said, motioning toward the burnt playground behind her.

Harris' visit comes a day after President Donald Trump traveled to California and received a briefing on the wildfires in McClellan Park.

Trump on Monday baselessly asserted that climate change is not playing a role in the catastrophic wildfires, as an official briefing him pleaded for the President to listen to the science.

Trump was also directly confronted by Newsom, who has been adamant about climate change's role in the wildfires.

Trump and top administration officials have regularly denied the existence of human-caused climate change, and his administration has rolled back federal regulations that were put in place to limit global warming.

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