Forest Fire (21962 ha) in Zambia 15 Jul 2022

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 1007872
Countries: Zambia
Start Date - Last detection*: 15 Jul 2022 - 03 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 19
People affected: 350 in the burned area
Burned area: 21962 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 0.5 350 21420 02 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 350 21826 03 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 350 21962 04 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

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Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Zambia , Province of Luapula (population 591,393) .

Radius Population
10 km 49000 people
5 km 40000 people
2 km 30000 people
1 km 30000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 950 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Luapula Zambia 590000 people
Northern Zambia 970000 people

Affected populated places

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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
Samfya 1158 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 59 km
Luwingu 1417 0 69 km
East Two 1189 Civ. Unpaved No 3500 76 km
Mansa MNS 1250 Civ. Paved Yes 5600 94 km



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