Forest Fire (22328 ha) in Namibia 08 Sep 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 1002285
Countries: Namibia
Start Date - Last detection*: 08 Sep 2021 - 11 Sep 2021
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 185 in the burned area
Burned area: 22328 ha
More Info: Global Wildfire Information System

*(Last detection of the thermal anomaly of the fire)


For more info on GDACS alert score click here.
Detailed event map. European Union, 2021. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

Impact Timeline

IDAlert colorGDACS ScorePopulation AffectedBurned Area (ha)Last UpdateSource
1 0.5 185 7682 10 Sep 2021 09:18 GWIS
2 0.5 185 12076 11 Sep 2021 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 185 22328 12 Sep 2021 03:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Namibia , Region of Outjo (population 13,861) . The nearest places are and Otjiwarongo.

Radius Population
10 km 1800 people
5 km <1000 people
2 km <1000 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 38 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Outjo Namibia 13000 people
Tsumeb Namibia 24000 people
Grootfontein Namibia 37000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Otjiwarongo Namibia City 20000 people 105 km

see full list

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
Okaukuejo OKF unknown 0 74 km
Namutoni NNI unknown Priv. Unpaved No 3500 90 km
Mokuti Lodge OKU 1113 Civ. Unpaved No 7200 95 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Omatjenne Ugab 1933 99 km

Nuclear plants

More information

For a full list of available products related to this event, please refer to the GDACS Resources page.