Forest Fire (558 ha) in South Africa 30 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 1019164
Countries: South Africa
Start Date - Last detection*: 30 Jan 2024 - 01 Feb 2024
Duration (days): 2
People affected: 113 in the burned area
Burned area: 558 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 0.5 113 512 31 Jan 2024 09:00 GWIS
2 0.5 113 558 02 Feb 2024 09:01 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, Strand, Somerset West, Simonstown, Vishoek, Stellenbosch, Kraaifontein, Paarl, and Wellington.

Radius Population
10 km 2800 people
5 km 2000 people
2 km 1200 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 397 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
Strand Western Cape South Africa City - 28 km
Somerset West Western Cape South Africa City 180000 people 31 km
Simonstown Western Cape South Africa City - 41 km
Vishoek Western Cape South Africa City - 46 km
Stellenbosch Western Cape South Africa City 93000 people 49 km
Kraaifontein Western Cape South Africa City - 59 km
Cape Town Western Cape South Africa Major city 3.4 million people 61 km
Paarl Western Cape South Africa City 190000 people 71 km
Wellington Western Cape South Africa City - 81 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
D F Malan CPT 46 Civ. Paved Yes 10500 49 km
Ysterplaat XYS 16 Mil. Paved No 5200 60 km
Worcester 199 Priv. Unpaved No 5200 94 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Simonstown ZASMN South Africa 42 km
Cape Town ZACPT South Africa 61 km


Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Steenbras Steenbras 1980 20 km
Somenrsfontein Palmiet 1964 21 km
Grootvlei Klein Dwars 1969 21 km
Upper Steenbras Steenbras 1980 22 km
Kogelberg Palmiet 1984 23 km
Palmietriver Palmiet 1952 24 km
Eikenhof Palmiet 1977 32 km
Nuweberg Palmiet 1971 36 km
Threewaterskloof Sonderend 1980 52 km
Elands Kloof Elands 1974 62 km
Wemmershoek Wemmershoek 1984 63 km
Stettynskloof Stettynskloof 1984 69 km
Moordkuil Hoeks 1985 86 km
Brandvlei Holsloot 1983 92 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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