Forest Fire (10886 ha) in Laos 18 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 1012834
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 23 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 5
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 10886 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 9943 22 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 10183 23 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
3 0.5 0 10886 24 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

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Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Laos , Province of Savannakhet (population 724,838) . The nearest places are and Dong Hoi.

Radius Population
10 km 32000 people
5 km 23000 people
2 km 9500 people
1 km 7800 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 266 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 201 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Savannakhet Laos 720000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Dong Hoi Quang Binh Vietnam City 31000 people 103 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
Saravane VNA 175 Civ. Unpaved No 4900 108 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Dong Hoi VNDOH Vietnam 103 km


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