Forest Fire (26473 ha) in Zambia 29 Aug 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 1002201
Countries: Zambia
Start Date - Last detection*: 29 Aug 2021 - 01 Sep 2021
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 5164 in the burned area
Burned area: 26473 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 5164 26473 04 Sep 2021 03:01 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

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

Radius Population
10 km 27000 people
5 km 17000 people
2 km 10000 people
1 km 9800 people
Burned Area 5200 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 2470 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 233 ha WDPA

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
Mansa MNS 1250 Civ. Paved Yes 5600 44 km
Samfya 1158 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 75 km
Kasenga KEC 959 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 76 km
Luwingu 1417 0 106 km



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