Forest Fire (6765 ha) in Namibia 15 Sep 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 1017321
Countries: Namibia
Start Date - Last detection*: 15 Sep 2023 - 18 Sep 2023
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 6765 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 5654 17 Sep 2023 08:08 GWIS
2 0.5 0 6765 18 Sep 2023 08:08 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Namibia , Region of Grootfontein (population 37,733) . The nearest places are Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, and Tsumeb.

Radius Population
10 km <1000 people
5 km <1000 people
2 km <1000 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Grootfontein Namibia 38000 people
Otjiwarongo Namibia 26000 people
Hereroland Wes Namibia 21000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Grootfontein Namibia City 24000 people 88 km
Otjiwarongo Namibia City 21000 people 102 km
Tsumeb Namibia City 12000 people 105 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
Grootfontein GFY 1413 Civ. Paved Yes 11600 86 km
Tsumeb TSB 1327 Priv. Paved No 4800 104 km



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