GOLDEN, Colo. — Fire managers are optimistic about getting a handle on a nearly 2-square-mile wildfire in the foothills west of Denver after calmer winds and multiple water drops on the flames.

The fire burning west of Golden and about 15 miles from downtown Denver is about 25 percent contained and fire managers say it could be 80 percent contained by Friday. None of the several hundred homes in the rugged mountains has burned. Evacuation orders for 17 homes have been lifted, although residents have been told to remain ready to leave if the fire flares up.

Nearly 300 firefighters are working on the fire. They've had to battle winds of up to 75 mph and single-digit humidity.

Officials say the fire that started Sunday was human-caused, but they don't how it started.