Forest Fire (8084 ha) in South Africa 11 Oct 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 1002689
Countries: South Africa
Start Date - Last detection*: 11 Oct 2021 - 12 Oct 2021
Duration (days): 1
People affected: 1 in the burned area
Burned area: 8084 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 1 8084 13 Oct 2021 03:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in South Africa , Province of Northern Cape (population 720,974) . The nearest places are Kimberley, Boshof, and Christiana.

Radius Population
10 km 38000 people
5 km 20000 people
2 km 3100 people
1 km 2500 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Northern Cape South Africa 720000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Kimberley Northern Cape South Africa Major city 140000 people 45 km
Boshof Free State South Africa City - 78 km
Christiana North West South Africa City 17000 people 89 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
Ulco 1097 0 23 km
Smitsdrift 1143 0 50 km
B J Vorster KIM 1204 Civ. Paved Yes 9800 52 km
Ganspan 1147 0 65 km
Reivilo RVO 1430 Civ. Unpaved No 4900 97 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Spitskop Harts 1975 34 km
Vaalhartz Vaal 1979 58 km
Taung Harts -99 107 km

Nuclear plants

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