Forest Fire (18953 ha) in South Africa 22 Jan 2024

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 1019131
Countries: South Africa
Start Date - Last detection*: 22 Jan 2024 - 02 Feb 2024
Duration (days): 11
People affected: 323 in the burned area
Burned area: 18953 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 0.5 241 9569 26 Jan 2024 09:00 GWIS
2 0.5 241 9837 26 Jan 2024 10:04 GWIS
3 0.5 245 11295 27 Jan 2024 09:00 GWIS
4 0.5 247 13485 28 Jan 2024 09:01 GWIS
5 0.5 247 14723 29 Jan 2024 09:00 GWIS
6 0.5 321 17961 30 Jan 2024 09:00 GWIS
7 0.5 321 18321 02 Feb 2024 09:01 GWIS
8 0.5 323 18953 03 Feb 2024 09:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in South Africa , Province of Western Cape (population 3,417,675) . The nearest places are Cape Town, Wellington, Paarl, Worcester, Malmesbury, Stellenbosch, Kraaifontein, Moorreesburg, Somerset West, Strand, and Simonstown.

Radius Population
10 km 55000 people
5 km 27000 people
2 km 9600 people
1 km 2000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 15396 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Western Cape South Africa 3.4 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Wellington Western Cape South Africa City - 21 km
Paarl Western Cape South Africa City 190000 people 31 km
Worcester Western Cape South Africa City 130000 people 35 km
Malmesbury Western Cape South Africa City 35000 people 37 km
Stellenbosch Western Cape South Africa City 93000 people 54 km
Kraaifontein Western Cape South Africa City - 56 km
Moorreesburg Western Cape South Africa City - 58 km
Somerset West Western Cape South Africa City 180000 people 71 km
Strand Western Cape South Africa City - 74 km
Cape Town Western Cape South Africa Major city 3.4 million people 81 km
Vishoek Western Cape South Africa City - 97 km
Simonstown Western Cape South Africa City - 101 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Airports

Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Worcester 199 Priv. Unpaved No 5200 34 km
Somersveld 79 0 65 km
D F Malan CPT 46 Civ. Paved Yes 10500 72 km
Ysterplaat XYS 16 Mil. Paved No 5200 74 km
Robertson ROD 195 Civ. Paved No 4900 81 km

Ports

Name LOCODE Country Distance
Cape Town ZACPT South Africa 77 km
Simonstown ZASMN South Africa 101 km

Dams

Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Voelvlei Vogelvlei 1977 18 km
Ceres Koekedou 1981 19 km
Ottergat Koekedou 1972 26 km
Eselfontein Titus 1971 30 km
Wemmershoek Wemmershoek 1984 39 km
Brandvlei Holsloot 1983 40 km
Stettynskloof Stettynskloof 1984 41 km
Lakenvalley Sanddrifskloof 1974 45 km
Moordkuil Hoeks 1985 47 km
Elands Kloof Elands 1974 54 km
Solomons Temple Sandgat 1966 56 km
Keerom Nuy 1981 56 km
Waterfall Olifants 1971 59 km
Nuweberg Palmiet 1971 68 km
Threewaterskloof Sonderend 1980 68 km
Eikenhof Palmiet 1977 72 km
Verkeerdevlei Donkies 1989 73 km
Inverdoorn Doorn n/a 74 km
Palmietriver Palmiet 1952 78 km
Upper Steenbras Steenbras 1980 79 km
Kogelberg Palmiet 1984 80 km
Grootvlei Klein Dwars 1969 80 km
Steenbras Steenbras 1980 82 km
Somenrsfontein Palmiet 1964 82 km

Nuclear plants

Nuclear power plants

Site Type Name Country
Site-Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant Koeberg-1 South Africa
Site-Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant Koeberg-2 South Africa

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