Forest Fire (8737 ha) in Ghana 16 Dec 2022

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 1011171
Countries: Ghana
Start Date - Last detection*: 16 Dec 2022 - 01 Jan 2023
Duration (days): 16
People affected: 28 in the burned area
Burned area: 8737 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 28 8737 31 Dec 2022 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 28 9641 01 Jan 2023 04:00 GWIS
3 0.5 28 11489 02 Jan 2023 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Ghana , Region of Eastern (population 2,297,649) .

Radius Population
10 km 59000 people
5 km 38000 people
2 km 4400 people
1 km 4000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 114 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Eastern Ghana 2.3 million people
Ashanti Ghana 2.9 million people

Affected populated places

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Critical infrastructure

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




Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Volta Akosombo Main Dam Volta 1965 79 km
Kpong Volta 1981 100 km

Nuclear plants

More information

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