Forest Fire (5455 ha) in Laos 08 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 1012797
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 08 Mar 2023 - 17 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 9
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 5455 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 5455 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 13000 people
5 km 8900 people
2 km 4400 people
1 km 3700 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 237 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Xekong Laos 66000 people
Attapeu Laos 91000 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
Attopeu AOU 105 Civ. Unpaved No 4300 53 km
Kham Duc 340 0 78 km
Dak Seang 657 0 85 km
Dak To 2 601 0 94 km
Saravane VNA 175 Civ. Unpaved No 4900 96 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Houayho Houayho 1999 40 km

Nuclear plants

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