Forest Fire (12830 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 1012869
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 23 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 5
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 12830 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 12830 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 Louangphrabang (population 383,938) .

Radius Population
10 km 34000 people
5 km 14000 people
2 km 7500 people
1 km 5300 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 38 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Louangphrabang Laos 380000 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
Louang Phrabang LPQ 298 Civ. Paved No 6000 26 km
Ban Xieng Keo 305 0 33 km
Ban Na Then 405 0 88 km
Muong Xai ODY 630 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 89 km
Xieng Khouang XKH 1067 Civ. Unpaved No 4900 99 km
Muong Sai UON unknown 0 102 km
Muang Phonsavan 1100 0 104 km
Sayaboury ZBY 380 Civ. Unpaved No 4200 109 km
Viengxay VNG unknown 0 116 km
Vang Vieng 296 0 117 km



Nuclear plants

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