Forest Fire (5402 ha) in Ethiopia 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 1013138
Countries: Ethiopia
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 29 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 11
People affected: 20 in the burned area
Burned area: 5402 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 20 5402 30 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Ethiopia , Administrative Region of Ilubabor (population 1,300,512) .

Radius Population
10 km 20000 people
5 km 11000 people
2 km 6000 people
1 km 4400 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 4989 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Ilubabor Ethiopia 1.3 million people
A'ali an Nil Sudan 1.2 million 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
Zhoushan unknown 0 43 km



Nuclear plants

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