DISASTERS

Small wildfire forcing Colorado residents from homes

  • Smoke rises from a wildfire Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. Authorities said the small wildfire burning in the mountains forced people from their homes and is filling the sky with smoke. (Seth Frankel via AP)

    Smoke rises from a wildfire Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. Authorities said the small wildfire burning in the mountains forced people from their homes and is filling the sky with smoke. (Seth Frankel via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anne Slichter prepares to evacuate her home near the Sunshine Fire near Boulder Canyon west of Boulder, Colo., on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  The fire forced people from their homes early Sunday and ignited dead trees that exploded into black plumes of smoke, authorities and residents said.  (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera via AP)

    Anne Slichter prepares to evacuate her home near the Sunshine Fire near Boulder Canyon west of Boulder, Colo., on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The fire forced people from their homes early Sunday and ignited dead trees that exploded into black plumes of smoke, authorities and residents said. (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A slurry bomber drops on the Sunshine Fire west of Boulder, Colo.,on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  The fire forced people from their homes early Sunday and ignited dead trees that exploded into black plumes of smoke, authorities and residents said.  (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera via AP)

    A slurry bomber drops on the Sunshine Fire west of Boulder, Colo.,on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The fire forced people from their homes early Sunday and ignited dead trees that exploded into black plumes of smoke, authorities and residents said. (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a small wildfire burning in the mountains just outside the Colorado city of Boulder has forced people from their homes and is filling the sky with smoke.

Wind is pushing the flames early Sunday just a couple of miles from the downtown area. The fire was only 30 to 50 acres.

Shannon Cordingly of the Boulder Office of Emergency Management says it's unclear how many homes have been evacuated just west of the university town and how the flames ignited.

The agency says there are no reports of injuries or buildings destroyed. Cordingly says if the fire keeps spreading, more evacuations are possible.

Resident Seth Frankel, who's packed after being warned he may need to evacuate, says dead trees "are exploding into a black plume that goes into the air."