PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The recent downpour in the Pacific Northwest brought much-needed relief to the firefighters at the Nakia Creek Fire in Washington.

CRESA announced Saturday morning that containment around the fire had increased by 13% to a total of 43%.

“We were able to raise containment to about 43% percent -which is a great jump from 30% the day before,” said Natalie Weber from the Oregon Department of Forestry. “We are continuing to make that progress now that we have the fire completely lined were just working on mop-up which is really just extinguishing those hot spots to make sure that the fire doesn’t spread beyond the perimeter we’ve created.”

She added the main goal for firefighters right now is pushing the mopping up area in 100 feet so ODF can hand control back to local authorities.

“Throughout the whole duration of this fire, there wasn’t a single home or structure that was destroyed or lost,” Weber said. “Which is really amazing considering how many homes are in and amongst that area and the fire behavior that was happening last weekend.”

Although the rain was a welcome change, it has brought some potentially negative impacts as well.

The heavy rains brought about an increased chance of erosion in the area.

To combat this, Weber said that they have been putting up water bars on roads to prevent the rainwater from running downhill too much.

Another potential risk for firefighters is hypothermia. According to Weber, the cold rainwater on the firefighters, as well as sweat, can increase the chances of hypothermia, especially if colder conditions come through.

“They’re working in the cold, wet rain. They are working hard so they are building up a sweat, and the wind picks up or it gets chilly, so there actually is a risk of hypothermia,” Weber said.

To help alleviate this, as well as strengthen the efforts to stop the fire, there are currently 526 people assigned to the fire, which includes firefighters and support teams.

PSU Geology Professor Dr. Scott Burns said weather conditions aren’t the only concern for fire crews. The burned ground and sudden showers can cause dangerous short- and long-term effects for the surrounding areas.

“We’ll have the immediate effect of sediment coming down with the first rainfall, but then we keep an eye on it 5 to 10 years later when we might have huge landslides created because the roots have fallen apart and everything comes down,” Burns told KOIN 6 News. “So those are the two things we have to really worry about in those particular areas.”

According to CRESA, the weather forecasts are calling for more fall-like weather, which should help reduce fire risk across the region.