Forest Fire (9323 ha) in Myanmar 20 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 1013087
Countries: Myanmar
Start Date - Last detection*: 20 Mar 2023 - 29 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 9
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 9323 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 7847 29 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 9323 30 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

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Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Myanmar , State of Kayah State (population 202,082) . The nearest places are Toungoo, and Pyu.

Radius Population
10 km 5600 people
5 km <1000 people
2 km <1000 people
1 km no people
Burned Area no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Kayah State Myanmar 200000 people
Karen State Myanmar 1.1 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Toungoo Bago Myanmar City 110000 people 82 km
Pyu Bago Myanmar City 40000 people 99 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
Loikaw LIW 896 Civ. Paved No 5200 77 km
Taungoo 46 0 85 km
Mae Hong Son HGN 232 Civ. Paved Yes 6500 88 km
Papun PPU 91 Civ. Unpaved No 4000 106 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Mobye Baluchaung 1971 89 km

Nuclear plants

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