Forest Fire (6908 ha) in South Africa 12 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 1002368
Countries: South Africa
Start Date - Last detection*: 12 Sep 2021 - 12 Sep 2021
Duration (days): 0
People affected: 66 in the burned area
Burned area: 6908 ha
More Info: Global Wildfire Information System

*(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 66 6908 13 Sep 2021 03:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in South Africa , Province of Free State (population 2,535,947) . The nearest places are Bloemfontein, Boshof, Christiana, and Bloemhof.

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

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Free State South Africa 2.5 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Boshof Free State South Africa City - 60 km
Christiana North West South Africa City 17000 people 76 km
Bloemhof North West South Africa City 16000 people 76 km
Bloemfontein Free State South Africa Major city 450000 people 99 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
Wesselsbron 1280 Civ. Paved No 3200 75 km
New Tempe 1380 Civ. Paved No 4200 88 km
Welkom WEL 1341 Civ. Paved Yes 6500 93 km
J B M Hertzog BFN 1359 Civ. Paved Yes 8300 100 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Krugersdrift Modder 1981 65 km
Bloemhofdam Bloemhof Vaal 1981 74 km
Vaalhartz Vaal 1979 88 km
Mazelspoort Modder 1934 94 km

Nuclear plants

More information

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