Forest Fire (15755 ha) in Sierra Leone 23 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 1013030
Countries: Sierra Leone
Start Date - Last detection*: 23 Mar 2023 - 27 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 4
People affected: 11032 in the burned area
Burned area: 15755 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 11032 15755 28 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Sierra Leone , Province of Northern (population 2,348,345) . The nearest places are and Makeni.

Radius Population
10 km 44000 people
5 km 36000 people
2 km 34000 people
1 km 23000 people
Burned Area 11000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 1102 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Northern Sierra Leone 2.3 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Makeni Northern Sierra Leone City 86000 people 108 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
Kabala KBA 308 Civ. Paved No 4000 39 km
Faranah FAA 450 Civ. Paved Yes 7500 84 km
Yengema WYE 396 Civ. Paved No 3000 92 km



Nuclear plants

More information

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