Forest Fire (36995 ha) in Burkina Faso, Benin 12 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 1003573
Countries: Burkina Faso, Benin
Start Date - Last detection*: 12 Nov 2021 - 29 Nov 2021
Duration (days): 17
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 36995 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 35443 29 Nov 2021 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 36995 30 Nov 2021 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Burkina Faso , Province of Tapoa (population 202,739) . The nearest places are and Diapaga.

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 4867 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Tapoa Burkina Faso 200000 people
Borgou Benin 760000 people
Atakora Benin 750000 people
Niamey Niger 770000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Diapaga Burkina Faso City 26000 people 65 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
Diapaga DIP unknown 0 63 km
Arly 232 Civ. Unpaved No 4200 64 km
Kandi KDC 290 Civ. Unpaved No 5200 106 km
La Tapoa 220 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 110 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Tapoa 1950 72 km
Boudieri 1963 96 km

Nuclear plants

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