Forest Fire (15645 ha) in Sierra Leone 23 Apr 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 1014054
Countries: Sierra Leone
Start Date - Last detection*: 23 Apr 2023 - 01 May 2023
Duration (days): 8
People affected: 10970 in the burned area
Burned area: 15645 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 10970 15645 07 May 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Sierra Leone , Province of Eastern (population 1,243,577) . The nearest places are and Kenema.

Radius Population
10 km 110000 people
5 km 73000 people
2 km 48000 people
1 km 33000 people
Burned Area 11000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 7030 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 260 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Eastern Sierra Leone 1.2 million people
Gueckedou Guinea -

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Kenema Eastern Sierra Leone City 140000 people 53 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
Daru DSL unknown 0 32 km
Yengema WYE 396 Civ. Paved No 3000 42 km
Kenema KEN 148 Civ. Paved No 4500 51 km
Foya FOY unknown 0 77 km
Bo KBS 100 Civ. Unpaved No 4000 101 km



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