Due to the rapid spread of the Honey Prairie fire across state lines, preparations are underway to prevent the fire from reaching the Osceola National Forest in Florida. Osceola National Forest District Ranger Ivan Green says they have burned some areas to serve as a buffer as the fire comes nearer, in addition to other precautions that have not yet been taken, such as spraying the forest with a fire retardant. Green adds that park rangers and fire officials are working hard to get the fire to stop before reaching the forest. Osceola National Forest District Ranger Ivan Green they do have an airtanker that would spray fire retardant in the event the fire came closer to the forest. So far they have burned close to 3 miles of forest area to provide a buffer zone for the fire. They have decided to prepare for the fire based off of weather forecasts, which show the wind blowing the fire further south. He adds a variety of agencies are working cooperataively on the task.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Green3.mp3]
The Florida Senate passed a bill Wednesday that refocuses the purpose and direction of the state’s community colleges. Senate Bill 374, the College Competitiveness Act of 2017, sets the primary missions of community colleges as providing associate of arts degrees and other lower level undergraduate college credit.