Forest Fire (38188 ha) in Zambia 15 Aug 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 1016521
Countries: Zambia
Start Date - Last detection*: 15 Aug 2023 - 21 Aug 2023
Duration (days): 6
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 38188 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 7297 18 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
2 0.5 0 8102 19 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
3 0.5 0 9059 20 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
4 0.5 0 24413 21 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
5 0.5 0 38188 22 Aug 2023 08:19 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Zambia , Province of Luapula (population 591,393) .

Radius Population
10 km 21000 people
5 km 11000 people
2 km 6600 people
1 km 3000 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 304 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 6354 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Luapula Zambia 590000 people
Northern Zambia 970000 people

Affected populated places

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Airports

Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Kasenga KEC 959 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 61 km
Mansa MNS 1250 Civ. Paved Yes 5600 78 km
Kawambwa 1414 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 82 km
Luwingu 1417 0 85 km
Samfya 1158 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 105 km

Ports

Dams

Nuclear plants

More information

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