Forest Fire (6900 ha) in Senegal 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 1012871
Countries: Senegal
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 26 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 8
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 6900 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 5450 24 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 5784 25 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
3 0.5 0 5977 26 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS
4 0.5 0 6900 27 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Senegal , Region of Kolda (population 714,528) . The nearest places are Bissau, and Ziguinchor.

Radius Population
10 km 36000 people
5 km 4200 people
2 km <1000 people
1 km no people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 6137 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Kolda Senegal 710000 people
Oio Guinea-Bissau 200000 people
Cacheu Guinea-Bissau 180000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Bissau Bissau Guinea-Bissau Capital 380000 people 100 km
Ziguinchor Senegal City 160000 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
Kolda North KDA 10 Civ. Paved No 4900 45 km
Bafata 43 0 97 km
Bissau Oswaldo Vieira OXB 39 Civ. Paved Yes 10400 99 km
Ziguinchor ZIG 25 Civ. Paved Yes 5000 103 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Bissau GWOXB Guinea-Bissau 100 km
Ziguinchor SNZIG Senegal 100 km


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