Forest Fire (11556 ha) in Laos 01 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 1012804
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 01 Mar 2023 - 17 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 16
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 11556 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 11556 18 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 Savannakhét, and Muang Khammouan.

Radius Population
10 km 49000 people
5 km 28000 people
2 km 15000 people
1 km 11000 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 1029 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
Savannakhét Savannakhet Laos City 66000 people 89 km
Muang Khammouan Khammouan Laos City - 100 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 59 km
Ban Na Kala Highway Strip 155 0 74 km
Savannakhet ZVK 140 Civ. Paved No 5300 88 km
Thakhek THK 145 Civ. Unpaved No 4500 98 km



Nuclear plants

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