Forest Fire (20100 ha) in Laos 22 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 1013078
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 22 Mar 2023 - 28 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 6
People affected: 1148 in the burned area
Burned area: 20100 ha
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*(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 1148 20100 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 Oudomxai (population 329,575) .

Radius Population
10 km 35000 people
5 km 21000 people
2 km 14000 people
1 km 12000 people
Burned Area 1100 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 418 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Oudomxai Laos 330000 people
Louang Namtha Laos 130000 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
Muong Xai ODY 630 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 27 km
Muong Sai UON unknown 0 40 km
Luang Namtha LXG 600 Civ. Unpaved No 4400 67 km
Louang Phrabang LPQ 298 Civ. Paved No 6000 76 km
Ban Xieng Keo 305 0 77 km
Mengla 701 0 108 km



Nuclear plants

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