Forest Fire (7358 ha) in Myanmar, Thailand 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 1013104
Countries: Myanmar, Thailand
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 29 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 11
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 7358 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 0 6648 29 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 7358 30 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

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

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

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 31 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Kayah State Myanmar 200000 people
Mae Hong Son Thailand 170000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Ban Mae Sariang Mae Hong Son Thailand City - 93 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
Mae Hong Son HGN 232 Civ. Paved Yes 6500 53 km
Loikaw LIW 896 Civ. Paved No 5200 93 km
Papun PPU 91 Civ. Unpaved No 4000 100 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Mobye Baluchaung 1971 109 km

Nuclear plants

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