Forest Fire (16736 ha) in Laos 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 1012866
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 23 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 5
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 16736 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 16736 24 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Laos , Province of Savannakhet (population 724,838) . The nearest places are Savannakhét, and Muang Khammouan.

Radius Population
10 km 68000 people
5 km 31000 people
2 km 15000 people
1 km 8400 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 960 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Savannakhet Laos 720000 people
Khammouan Laos 280000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Savannakhét Savannakhet Laos City 66000 people 84 km
Muang Khammouan Khammouan Laos City - 86 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
Seno SND 185 0 54 km
Ban Na Kala Highway Strip 155 0 79 km
Savannakhet ZVK 140 Civ. Paved No 5300 83 km
Thakhek THK 145 Civ. Unpaved No 4500 84 km
Nakhon Phanom West 176 0 97 km
Nakhon Phanom KOP 138 Civ. Paved Yes 8000 98 km



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