Forest Fire (67449 ha) in Laos 27 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 1012739
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 27 Feb 2023 - 14 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 15
People affected: 24617 in the burned area
Burned area: 67449 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 24617 67449 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, Dong Hoi, and Savannakhét.

Radius Population
10 km 98000 people
5 km 73000 people
2 km 55000 people
1 km 44000 people
Burned Area 25000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 76 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 6134 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 - 98 km
Dong Hoi Quang Binh Vietnam City 31000 people 110 km
Savannakhét Savannakhet Laos City 66000 people 114 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 84 km
Thakhek THK 145 Civ. Unpaved No 4500 96 km
Ban Na Kala Highway Strip 155 0 105 km
Nakhon Phanom West 176 0 113 km
Savannakhet ZVK 140 Civ. Paved No 5300 113 km
Nakhon Phanom KOP 138 Civ. Paved Yes 8000 114 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Dong Hoi VNDOH Vietnam 111 km


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