Forest Fire (5772 ha) in Laos 01 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 1012780
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 01 Mar 2023 - 17 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 16
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 5772 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 5522 17 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 5772 18 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Laos , Province of Xekong (population 65,688) .

Radius Population
10 km 10000 people
5 km 4300 people
2 km 1300 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 4973 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Xekong Laos 66000 people
Saravan Laos 240000 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
Saravane VNA 175 Civ. Unpaved No 4900 28 km
Attopeu AOU 105 Civ. Unpaved No 4300 96 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Houayho Houayho 1999 67 km

Nuclear plants

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