Forest Fire (35288 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 1012850
Countries: Laos
Start Date - Last detection*: 18 Mar 2023 - 28 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 10
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 35288 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 6351 23 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 19201 24 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
3 0.5 0 22665 25 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
4 0.5 0 35288 28 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS
5 0.5 0 35503 29 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

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Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Laos , Province of Savannakhet (population 724,838) . The nearest places are Quang Tri, and Dong Hoi.

Radius Population
10 km 40000 people
5 km 28000 people
2 km 22000 people
1 km 17000 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 912 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 18251 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Savannakhet Laos 720000 people
Quang Tri Viet Nam 530000 people
Saravan Laos 240000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Quang Tri Quang Tri Vietnam City - 91 km
Dong Hoi Quang Binh Vietnam City 31000 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
Saravane VNA 175 Civ. Unpaved No 4900 82 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Dong Hoi VNDOH Vietnam 115 km


Nuclear plants

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