Forest Fire (8851 ha) in Botswana 16 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 1002730
Countries: Botswana
Start Date - Last detection*: 16 Oct 2021 - 18 Oct 2021
Duration (days): 2
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 8851 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 0 8851 19 Oct 2021 03:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Botswana , District of Ngamiland (population 102,957) .

Radius Population
10 km <1000 people
5 km no people
2 km no people
1 km no people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 8851 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Ngamiland Botswana 100000 people
Caprivi Oos Namibia 78000 people
Kavango Namibia 150000 people

Affected populated places

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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
Selinda 966 0 41 km
Kings Pool 945 0 45 km
Chobe 965 0 47 km
Saile 960 0 81 km
Vumbura 975 0 84 km
Shindi 997 0 93 km
Kwara 975 0 94 km
Omdop 975 0 106 km



Nuclear plants

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