"I'm soaking wet and it's a little chilly," he said. "I don't think I've ever been so happy to say that."
Yet he, Harvey and citizens affected by the fire -- like Dale Mielke, who singed his mustache and eyebrows while saving his home but not those of his neighbors -- also stressed that the spurt of heavy rain doesn't mean the fight is over.
"It's not even enough rain to stop it," said Mielke, a retired firefighter. "But it can help slow it down a little bit."
Resident says: 'Things are out of our hands'
Carolyn Selvig has been living in this area north of Colorado Springs for 21 years drawn in part by the beauty and peace of the woods.
"The forest is our friend," she says.
Selvig knows the other side of the equation as well when it comes to living near a forest -- the very real possibility and very real power of wildfires.
She and her husband Erik are among roughly 38,000 people -- from about 13,000 homes over a 93,000-acre area -- who have been impacted by the Black Forest Fire.
As of midday Friday, their home was still standing, though they can't breathe easy quite yet: Erik Selvig noted "the intense heat is less than a quarter-mile away."
His wife, Carolyn, admits she's probably "more worried than I allow myself to think." Still, she realizes there's little she can do at this point beyond trusting in those fighting to save their home and hoping that Mother Nature is on her side.
"Things are out of our hands," she told CNN. "It is what it is."
The Selvigs are checking, whenever they can, the official list of homes that have been destroyed and those that have not.
The Black Forest Fire isn't the only fire affecting Colorado.
Southwest of Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge fire is now 40% contained after four days in which it scorched more than 3,200 acres -- including a beloved carousel and at least 20 buildings, according to Hickenlooper.
"It's burned to a cinder," he said of the area.
And the governor has declared a disaster emergency in Rocky Mountain National Park, northwest of Denver, due to the Big Meadows Fire that's burned hundreds of acres there.
Yes, Coloradans know wildfires are a fact of life; yes, they know that their homes could someday burn. But that doesn't mean dealing with it, in the moment, is easy.
Says Chris Schroeder, who is also in the Black Forest Fire evacuation zone, "It's been a pretty good emotional roller coaster, trying to understand what is happening."
Despite the noted progress on that fire, that ride isn't over. Many have been allowed back in their homes, while others are still being kept. And hundreds of firefighters are still out doing what they can to protect people's property, knowing that a lightning strike or shift of wind can suddenly change everything.
"It is not a done deal: 30% is not 100%," Harvey said late Friday afternoon. "The middle has still got potential."