Forest Fire (16350 ha) in Namibia 27 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 1003567
Countries: Namibia
Start Date - Last detection*: 27 Nov 2021 - 30 Nov 2021
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 91 in the burned area
Burned area: 16350 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 79 7002 29 Nov 2021 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 79 12057 30 Nov 2021 04:00 GWIS
3 0.5 91 16350 01 Dec 2021 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Namibia , Region of Windhoek (population 178,216) . The nearest places are Windhoek, and Okahandja.

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

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 51 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Windhoek Namibia 180000 people
Okahandja Namibia 23000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Okahandja Namibia City 21000 people 49 km
Windhoek Namibia Capital 270000 people 54 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
Windhoek WDH 1719 Civ. Paved Yes 15000 39 km
Eros ERS 1702 Civ. Paved Yes 6400 59 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
S. Von Bach Swakop 1971 44 km
Avis Klein Windhoek 1933 55 km
Swakoppoort Swakop 1977 85 km
Friedenau Kuiseb 1971 87 km

Nuclear plants

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