Wildfire near downtown Boulder forces more than a thousand to evacuate the Colorado city

A wildfire burning in the mountains just outside downtown Boulder, Colorado has forced more than a thousand residents to evacuate. 

The fire ignited dead trees that exploded into black plumes of smoke on Sunday.

Wind pushed the flames in the wooded area a couple of miles west of Pearl Street, the shopping and dining heart of the university city‘s downtown. 

The fire was only about 62 acres and hadn‘t caused any injuries or damaged structures by noon on Sunday, but strong gusts and warm and dry weather threatened to fan the flames. 

Smoke rises from the wildfire after sunrise. There were no reports of injuries or damage to homes, emergency officials said.

The wildfire was first reported around 1.40am on Sunday to the west of Boulder, Colorado. Authorities have ordered over 1,000 to evacuated the area

Eight aircraft fought the wildfire: A US Forest Service heavy air tanker (pictured), a single-engine air tanker out of Fort Collins, two Chinook and two Blackhawk helicopters from the National Guard, plus one lead and one multi-mission aircraft.

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