Forest Fire (11600 ha) in Burkina Faso 29 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 1003593
Countries: Burkina Faso
Start Date - Last detection*: 29 Nov 2021 - 02 Dec 2021
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 5836 in the burned area
Burned area: 11600 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 5836 11349 02 Dec 2021 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 5836 11600 03 Dec 2021 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Burkina Faso , Province of Gourma (population 375,508) . The nearest places are and Diapaga.

Radius Population
10 km 13000 people
5 km 13000 people
2 km no people
1 km no people
Burned Area 5800 people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 10170 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Gourma Burkina Faso 380000 people
Atakora Benin 750000 people
Tapoa Burkina Faso 200000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Diapaga Burkina Faso City 26000 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
Porga 162 Civ. Unpaved No 4100 41 km
Arly 232 Civ. Unpaved No 4200 43 km
Pama Pangia XPA unknown 0 52 km
Diapaga DIP unknown 0 102 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Kompienga Ouale 1984 59 km
White Volta White Volta n/a 100 km
Tapoa 1950 107 km

Nuclear plants

More information

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