Forest Fire (8692 ha) in Namibia 22 May 2023

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 1014439
Countries: Namibia
Start Date - Last detection*: 22 May 2023 - 24 May 2023
Duration (days): 2
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 8692 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 8692 25 May 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Namibia , Region of Caprivi Oos (population 78,107) .

Radius Population
10 km 4500 people
5 km no people
2 km no people
1 km no people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 7087 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Caprivi Oos Namibia 78000 people
Western Zambia 680000 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
Mpacha MPA 985 Civ. Paved No 6400 30 km
Sesheke SJQ unknown 0 54 km
Saile 960 0 58 km
Kings Pool 945 0 93 km
Chobe 965 0 102 km



Nuclear plants

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