Forest Fire (16248 ha) in Spain 16 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 1016845
Countries: Spain
Start Date - Last detection*: 16 Aug 2023 - 23 Aug 2023
Duration (days): 7
People affected: 1714 in the burned area
Burned area: 16248 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 1714 16248 30 Aug 2023 00:06 GWIS
2 0.5 615 16248 05 Sep 2023 08:07 GWIS

Fires Joined

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Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Spain , Autonomous Community of Canarias (population 790,897) . The nearest places are La Orotava, Samarines, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Arona.

Radius Population
10 km 430000 people
5 km 190000 people
2 km 52000 people
1 km 7900 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 1102 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 583 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Canarias Spain 790000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
La Orotava Canarias (Canary Islands) Spain City 40000 people 6 km
Samarines Canarias (Canary Islands) Spain City - 11 km
San Cristóbal de La Laguna Canarias (Canary Islands) Spain City 130000 people 19 km
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Canarias (Canary Islands) Spain City 220000 people 23 km
Arona Canarias (Canary Islands) Spain City 62000 people 38 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
Puerto La Cruz UPC unknown 0 10 km
Tenerife Norte los Rodeos TFN 632 Civ. Paved Yes 11100 17 km
Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia TFS 64 Civ. Paved Yes 10400 38 km
La Gomera GMZ 218 Civ. Paved No 4900 83 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Santa Cruz de Tenerife ESSCT Spain 23 km


Nuclear plants

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