Forest Fire (32740 ha) in Sudan, Uganda 01 Jan 2023

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 1011503
Countries: Sudan, Uganda
Start Date - Last detection*: 01 Jan 2023 - 17 Jan 2023
Duration (days): 16
People affected: 4907 in the burned area
Burned area: 32740 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 4907 32740 17 Jan 2023 21:13 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Sudan , Region of Al Istiwa'iyah (population 1,406,181) . The nearest places are Arua, and Juba.

Radius Population
10 km 160000 people
5 km 140000 people
2 km 110000 people
1 km 81000 people
Burned Area 4900 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 76 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 1262 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Al Istiwa'iyah Sudan 1.4 million people
Nile Uganda 1.2 million people
Haut-Zaire The Democratic Republic of Congo 5.8 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Arua Arua Uganda City 30000 people 98 km
Juba Bahr Al Jebel Sudan City 150000 people 119 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
Moyo OYG unknown 0 76 km
Adjumani 820 0 93 km
Arua RUA 1204 Civ. Unpaved No 5600 95 km
Juba JUB 460 Civ. Paved Yes 7800 121 km



Nuclear plants

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