Forest Fire (11598 ha) in Sierra Leone 23 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 1012930
Countries: Sierra Leone
Start Date - Last detection*: 23 Mar 2023 - 25 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 2
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 11598 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 11598 26 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Sierra Leone , Province of Northern (population 2,348,345) . The nearest places are Makeni, and Kenema.

Radius Population
10 km 69000 people
5 km 52000 people
2 km 48000 people
1 km 13000 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 76 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Northern Sierra Leone 2.3 million people
Eastern Sierra Leone 1.2 million people
Southern Sierra Leone 960000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Makeni Northern Sierra Leone City 86000 people 73 km
Kenema Eastern Sierra Leone City 140000 people 82 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
Yengema WYE 396 Civ. Paved No 3000 47 km
Bo KBS 100 Civ. Unpaved No 4000 75 km
Kenema KEN 148 Civ. Paved No 4500 80 km
Daru DSL unknown 0 96 km



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