Forest Fire (116822 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 1012765
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 27 Feb 2023 - 15 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 16
People affected: 24617 in the burned area
Burned area: 116822 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 24617 116822 16 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, Savannakhét, and Dong Hoi.

Radius Population
10 km 180000 people
5 km 130000 people
2 km 90000 people
1 km 71000 people
Burned Area 25000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 342 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 7553 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 - 84 km
Savannakhét Savannakhet Laos City 66000 people 99 km
Dong Hoi Quang Binh Vietnam City 31000 people 126 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 70 km
Thakhek THK 145 Civ. Unpaved No 4500 82 km
Ban Na Kala Highway Strip 155 0 97 km
Nakhon Phanom West 176 0 98 km
Savannakhet ZVK 140 Civ. Paved No 5300 98 km
Nakhon Phanom KOP 138 Civ. Paved Yes 8000 99 km
Loeng Nok Tha 160 0 140 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Dong Hoi VNDOH Vietnam 127 km


Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Nong Han Lake n/a 133 km

Nuclear plants

More information

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