By Ian Schwartz

MOUNTAIN RANCH (CBS13) — With a powerful storm on its way, some Butte Fire victims without a home are getting some help from the community.

Conditions were clear on Tuesday, but a substantial storm is on the way, and for victims of the Butte Fire, still exposed to the elements, a door soon will open that will help them get a roof over their heads.

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Just the other week, the community opened its heart for people who lost their homes to the Butte Fire that torched nearly 500 homes.

Last month it was a Thanksgiving meal, but now the concern is a dry and warm place to sleep.

Chip Dingman with Mountain Ranch Community Relief is hosting an Out of the Weather Rally on Thursday when the storm is expected to hit. He says the doors of the Mountain Ranch town hall will be open where people who would otherwise be sleeping in the rain can spend time in a dry place with a hot meal.

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“We also have bedding, that if they don’t have any bedding themselves, that we can give to them, take it with them when they leave,” he said.

He says this type of helping hand comes naturally to him. He, too, was once homeless after a natural disaster.

“I was in Houston when Hurricane Ike hit and I lost my house and that everything that was in it,” he said.

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The rally will last several days.