Forest Fire (10217 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 1012966
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 26 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 8
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 10217 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 10217 26 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 13948 27 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Laos , Province of Vientiane (population 353,359) . The nearest places are and Viang Chan.

Radius Population
10 km 39000 people
5 km 23000 people
2 km 11000 people
1 km 7800 people
Burned Area no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Vientiane Laos 350000 people
Louangphrabang Laos 380000 people
Xaignabouri Laos 210000 people
Viangchan Laos 500000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Viang Chan (Kamphéng Nakhon) Viangchan (Vientiane) Laos Capital 200000 people 97 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
Ban Done 213 0 20 km
Vang Vieng 296 0 63 km
Viengxay VNG unknown 0 68 km
Ban Keun 168 0 70 km
Ban Na Then 405 0 74 km
Sayaboury ZBY 380 Civ. Unpaved No 4200 79 km
Ban Xon 305 0 88 km
Ritaville 732 0 89 km
Vientiane Wattay VTE 170 Civ. Paved Yes 9800 91 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Nam Ngum Nam Ngum 1972 61 km
Nam Leuk Nam Leuk 2000 104 km

Nuclear plants

More information

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