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California Today: California Today: The World Asks Santa Barbara, ‘Are You O.K.?’

Supported byU.S.California Today: The World Asks Santa Barbara, ‘Are You O.K.?’PhotoEmbers flew past inmate firefighters putting out hot spots over the weekend in Montecito.Credit David Mcnew/Getty ImagesGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)As fires raged in the foothills of Santa Barbara county over the weekend, commiseration and concern came from around the world, from friends and colleagues in Bangladesh, Haiti and Sierra Leone.For Thomas Tighe, a resident of Montecito and the head of Direct Relief, an aid organization that dispenses medical provisions to the needy around the globe, the shoe was on the other foot — this time the emergency was his own.Mr. Tighe and his family quickly gathered photos, drawings, birth certificates and computer hard drives. They summoned the dogs, rounded up the cats and evacuated their home on Sunday.As they fled, the messages came in. Father Richard Frechette, the founder of a pediatric hospital in Haiti, sent an email: “Are you OK? and your home and offices? many prayers for you! […]