Royal couple visit wildfire-affected Aussie town

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Britain\'s Prince William, right, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose for a photograph during a reception at the Sydney Opera House Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The royal couple, along with their son Prince George, are on a 10-day official visit. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)


SYDNEY (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have visited a town ravaged by wildfires in the mountains west of Sydney as they continue their tour of Australia.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday stopped in the Blue Mountains town of Winmalee to meet with firefighters and locals affected by last year's wildfires that destroyed more than 200 homes.

William and Kate also plan to spend time with members of a local Girl Guides group and take in the views of the mountains before returning to Sydney later in the day.

The couple is on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. They also plan to see local wildlife at Sydney's harbor side zoo and travel to Uluru, the iconic red sandstone monolith in the Outback.