Forest Fire (18978 ha) in Namibia 21 Nov 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 1003519
Countries: Namibia
Start Date - Last detection*: 21 Nov 2021 - 25 Nov 2021
Duration (days): 4
People affected: 14 in the burned area
Burned area: 18978 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 12767 23 Nov 2021 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 14 16222 24 Nov 2021 04:00 GWIS
3 0.5 14 18978 26 Nov 2021 04:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Namibia , Region of Outjo (population 13,861) . The nearest places are and Otjiwarongo.

Radius Population
10 km 11000 people
5 km <1000 people
2 km <1000 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Outjo Namibia 13000 people
Otjiwarongo Namibia 25000 people
Grootfontein Namibia 37000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Otjiwarongo Namibia City 20000 people 57 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
Okaukuejo OKF unknown 0 106 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Omatjenne Ugab 1933 44 km

Nuclear plants

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