Forest Fire (6611 ha) in Madagascar 18 May 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 1014446
Countries: Madagascar
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 May 2023 - 26 May 2023
Duration (days): 8
People affected: 3 in the burned area
Burned area: 6611 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 2 5839 25 May 2023 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 3 6611 27 May 2023 08:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Madagascar , Province of Mahajanga (population 1,428,601) .

Radius Population
10 km 3700 people
5 km 1800 people
2 km <1000 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Mahajanga Madagascar 1.4 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
Ambatomainty AMY unknown 0 50 km
Morafenobe TVA unknown 0 102 km



Nuclear plants

More information

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