Forest Fire (86523 ha) in Tanzania 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 1003513
Countries: Tanzania
Start Date - Last detection*: 25 Oct 2021 - 09 Nov 2021
Duration (days): 15
People affected: 4312 in the burned area
Burned area: 86523 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 4312 86523 22 Nov 2021 04:01 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Tanzania , Region of Mtwara (population 1,089,542) . The nearest places are Mtwara, and Vila de Mocímboa da Praia.

Radius Population
10 km 290000 people
5 km 200000 people
2 km 140000 people
1 km 98000 people
Burned Area 4300 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 9576 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 4 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Mtwara Tanzania 1.1 million people
Lindi Tanzania 790000 people
Cabo Delgado Mozambique 1.3 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Mtwara Mtwara Tanzania Major city 95000 people 40 km
Vila de Mocímboa da Praia Cabo Delgado Mozambique City - 110 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
Mtwara MYW 113 Civ. Paved Yes 7400 36 km
Lindi Kikwetu LDI 30 Civ. Paved No 5200 70 km
Palma LMZ unknown 0 74 km
Nangade NND unknown 0 74 km
Mocimboa Da Praia MZB 27 Civ. Paved No 6500 112 km
Nachingwea NCH 427 Civ. Unpaved No 5800 119 km
Masasi XMI 518 Civ. Unpaved No 4100 125 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Mikindani Tanzania 36 km
Mtwara TZMYW Tanzania 41 km
Lindi TZLDI Tanzania 55 km
Cape Delgado Mozambique 86 km
Mocimboa Mozambique 114 km


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