Forest Fire (23345 ha) in Laos 28 Feb 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 1012738
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 28 Feb 2023 - 14 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 14
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 23345 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 23345 15 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 Muang Khammouan, and Savannakhét.

Radius Population
10 km 79000 people
5 km 49000 people
2 km 23000 people
1 km 15000 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 228 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 570 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
Muang Khammouan Khammouan Laos City - 68 km
Savannakhét Savannakhet Laos City 66000 people 70 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 42 km
Thakhek THK 145 Civ. Unpaved No 4500 66 km
Savannakhet ZVK 140 Civ. Paved No 5300 70 km
Nakhon Phanom West 176 0 79 km
Nakhon Phanom KOP 138 Civ. Paved Yes 8000 80 km
Ban Na Kala Highway Strip 155 0 80 km
Loeng Nok Tha 160 0 114 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Nong Han Lake n/a 107 km

Nuclear plants

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