|SMOULDERING: A separate fire scorched Hodge Hill Common this week|
FIREFIGHTERS were called to tackle a blaze which was deliberately started on a Marston Green nature reserve.
Bickenhill and Marston Green Parish Council said it was "disappointed" to report the incident at Millennium Wood on Tuesday evening.
Photos show scorched earth and some blackened shrubbery, but the speedy arrival of the fire service prevented the flames spreading further.
The driest start to summer on record - with hardly any rain having fallen in the region in recent weeks - has meant parks and open spaces are a tempting target for arsonists.
A grass fire was reported near Forth Drive, Chelmsley Wood, on Monday evening and residents in Castle Bromwich may have seen the smoke rising from nearby Hodge Hill Common, where crews doused flames on Thursday.
The region's firefighters have condemned those starting fires in the tinder-dry conditions, warning that they are diverting resources "from where most needed".
The most serious instance of arson since the start of the heatwave was on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester.
The blaze broke out on June 24 and at its height the inferno covered an area of seven square miles. Soldiers had at one stage been drafted in to help bring the wildfire under control, with fire crews having finally left this week.