Forest Fire (12575 ha) in Namibia 22 Aug 2021

Event summary

This forest fire is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID WF 1002044
Countries: Namibia
Start Date - Last detection*: 22 Aug 2021 - 24 Aug 2021
Duration (days): 2
People affected: 97 in the burned area
Burned area: 12575 ha
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*(Last detection of the thermal anomaly of the fire)


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Impact Timeline

IDAlert colorGDACS ScorePopulation AffectedBurned Area (ha)Last UpdateSource
1 0.5 97 12575 25 Aug 2021 03:02 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Namibia , Region of Windhoek (population 178,216) . The nearest places are Windhoek, and Okahandja.

Radius Population
10 km 330000 people
5 km 170000 people
2 km 10000 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 913 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Windhoek Namibia 170000 people
Okahandja Namibia 23000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Windhoek Namibia Capital 260000 people 19 km
Okahandja Namibia City 20000 people 50 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Eros ERS 1702 Civ. Paved Yes 6400 23 km
Windhoek WDH 1719 Civ. Paved Yes 15000 53 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Avis Klein Windhoek 1933 11 km
Friedenau Kuiseb 1971 36 km
S. Von Bach Swakop 1971 47 km
Swakoppoort Swakop 1977 51 km
Oanob Oanob 1990 99 km

Nuclear plants

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