Forest Fire (12334 ha) in Laos 19 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 1012902
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 19 Mar 2023 - 24 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 5
People affected: 83 in the burned area
Burned area: 12334 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 83 12334 25 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Laos , Province of Oudomxai (population 329,575) .

Radius Population
10 km 70000 people
5 km 34000 people
2 km 13000 people
1 km 8600 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 114 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Oudomxai Laos 330000 people
Louang Namtha Laos 130000 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
Luang Namtha LXG 600 Civ. Unpaved No 4400 78 km
Muong Xai ODY 630 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 79 km
Ban Xieng Keo 305 0 88 km
Muong Sai UON unknown 0 89 km
Louang Phrabang LPQ 298 Civ. Paved No 6000 91 km
Xieng Lom XIE unknown 0 92 km
Ban Houayxay OUI 421 Civ. Paved No 4900 99 km



Nuclear plants

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