Forest Fire (64149 ha) in India 11 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 1003505
Countries: India
Start Date - Last detection*: 11 Nov 2021 - 13 Nov 2021
Duration (days): 2
People affected: 1979 in the burned area
Burned area: 64149 ha
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*(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 1979 64149 22 Nov 2021 04:01 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in India , State of Punjab (population 21,384,510) . The nearest places are Sangrur, Nabha, Patiala, Maler Kotla, Kaithal, Thanesar, Ambala, Ludhiana, Jagraoh, Jind, and Phagwara.

Radius Population
10 km 1.9 million people
5 km 1.2 million people
2 km 730000 people
1 km 520000 people
Burned Area 2000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 206074 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 398 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Punjab India 21.4 million people
Haryana India 17.6 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Sangrur Punjab India City 80000 people 20 km
Nabha Punjab India City 62000 people 30 km
Patiala Punjab India City 300000 people 43 km
Maler Kotla Punjab India City 110000 people 46 km
Kaithal Haryana India City 140000 people 53 km
Thanesar Haryana India City 120000 people 81 km
Ambala Haryana India City 140000 people 83 km
Ludhiana Punjab India City 1.2 million people 88 km
Jagraoh Punjab India City - 89 km
Jind Haryana India City 140000 people 95 km
Chandigarh Chandigarh India City 660000 people 100 km
Karnal Haryana India City 210000 people 106 km
Moga Punjab India City 130000 people 111 km
Hisar Haryana India City 260000 people 112 km
Hansi Haryana India City 77000 people 114 km
Sirsa Haryana India City 180000 people 116 km
Phagwara Punjab India City 96000 people 134 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
Patiala 250 0 40 km
Halwara 241 0 78 km
Ludhiana LUH 246 Civ. Paved No 4800 80 km
Ambala 274 0 82 km
Chandigarh IXC 308 Mil. Paved No 9000 96 km
Hissar HSS 213 0 108 km
Kalka 516 0 114 km
Sirsa 198 0 116 km



Nuclear plants

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