Forest Fire (5370 ha) in Ethiopia 17 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 1011609
Countries: Ethiopia
Start Date - Last detection*: 17 Jan 2023 - 22 Jan 2023
Duration (days): 5
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 5370 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 0 5370 23 Jan 2023 04:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Ethiopia , Administrative Region of Ilubabor (population 1,300,512) .

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

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 1083 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Ilubabor Ethiopia 1.3 million people
A'ali an Nil Sudan 1.2 million people

Affected populated places

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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
Gambella GMB 499 Civ. Paved Yes 8200 94 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Alwero Alwero 1995 65 km

Nuclear plants

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