Yesterday evening (Monday April 26), crews dealt with a major fire near to Sunny View Farm, off Ellastone Road in Winkhill. We were called at about 4pm, and the blaze had started on heathland near to the farm – with an area of about 200m x 100m well alight. A crew from Leek, two from Cheadle, two from Longton, one from Ipstones, one from Rugeley, and Leek Rangers were in attendance. One main jet and one hose reel jet were used to combat the fire. Staffordshire Police also attended to prevent the public from accessing the area. By 6.35pm large swathes of the blaze were under control and damping down commenced. Most appliances had left the scene by 8.10pm with two remaining to keep an eye on the area. It is believed the fire was an accidental ignition caused by rubbish being burned which set the heathland alight.