Forest Fire (8792 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 1013012
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 28 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 10
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 8792 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 5554 27 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 8352 28 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 0 8792 29 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Laos , Province of Borikhamxai (population 164,221) .

Radius Population
10 km 30000 people
5 km 13000 people
2 km 4100 people
1 km 2200 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 114 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 956 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Borikhamxai Laos 160000 people
Nong Khai Thailand 840000 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
Pak Sane 157 0 34 km
Grove Jones 158 0 57 km
Udomxay UDO unknown 0 77 km
Xayabury XAY unknown 0 81 km



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