Forest Fire (6933 ha) in Zambia 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 1014522
Countries: Zambia
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 May 2023 - 30 May 2023
Duration (days): 12
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 6933 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 6306 29 May 2023 08:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 6777 30 May 2023 08:00 GWIS
3 0.5 0 6933 31 May 2023 08:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Zambia , Province of Southern (population 1,062,581) .

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

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 203 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Southern Zambia 1.1 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
Ngoma ZGM 1036 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 63 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Itezhi-Tezhi Kafue 1978 86 km

Nuclear plants

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