Forest Fire (8929 ha) in Liberia, Guinea 09 Mar 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 1012724
Countries: Liberia, Guinea
Start Date - Last detection*: 09 Mar 2023 - 16 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 7
People affected: 2274 in the burned area
Burned area: 8929 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 2274 8929 15 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 2338 10359 17 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Liberia , County of Lofa (population 433,732) .

Radius Population
10 km 87000 people
5 km 26000 people
2 km 17000 people
1 km 14000 people
Burned Area 2300 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 3800 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Lofa Liberia 430000 people
Gueckedou Guinea -
Macenta Guinea -

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
Voinjama VOI unknown 0 18 km
Wologissi WOI unknown 0 26 km
Foya FOY unknown 0 34 km
Macenta MCA 515 Civ. Unpaved Yes 4500 50 km
Kissidougou KSI 551 Civ. Unpaved No 6500 84 km
Daru DSL unknown 0 109 km



Nuclear plants

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