Forest Fire (19113 ha) in India 25 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 1003496
Countries: India
Start Date - Last detection*: 25 Oct 2021 - 09 Nov 2021
Duration (days): 15
People affected: 5306 in the burned area
Burned area: 19113 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 5306 19113 20 Nov 2021 04:01 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in India , State of Madhya Pradesh (population 70,045,940) . The nearest places are Itarsi, Hoshangabad, Sohagpur, Bhopal, Harda Khas, Betul, Sehore, Vidisha, Gadarwara, and Parasia.

Radius Population
10 km 650000 people
5 km 480000 people
2 km 220000 people
1 km 100000 people
Burned Area 5300 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 8056 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Madhya Pradesh India 70 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Itarsi Madhya Pradesh India City 96000 people 6 km
Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh India City 99000 people 10 km
Sohagpur Madhya Pradesh India City 23000 people 48 km
Bhopal Madhya Pradesh India City 1.3 million people 72 km
Harda Khas Madhya Pradesh India City - 76 km
Betul Madhya Pradesh India City 84000 people 85 km
Sehore Madhya Pradesh India City 98000 people 90 km
Vidisha Madhya Pradesh India City 140000 people 96 km
Gadarwara Madhya Pradesh India City 38000 people 111 km
Parasia Madhya Pradesh India City 38000 people 116 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
Bhopal BHO 523 Civ. Paved Yes 6700 81 km
Amla 742 0 90 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Tawa Reservoir Tawa Tawa 1975 27 km
Kolar Kolar -99 52 km
Barna Barna 1976 55 km
Kerwan Local Nalla 1975 68 km
Kaliasote Kaliasote 1993 69 km
Hathaikheda Ghorapachad 1962 72 km
Halali Halali 1976 96 km

Nuclear plants

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