Forest Fire (16753 ha) in Nigeria 19 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 1011232
Countries: Nigeria
Start Date - Last detection*: 19 Dec 2022 - 01 Jan 2023
Duration (days): 13
People affected: 1242 in the burned area
Burned area: 16753 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 1242 16753 02 Jan 2023 04:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Nigeria , State of Sokoto (population 4,824,822) .

Radius Population
10 km 120000 people
5 km 34000 people
2 km 24000 people
1 km 15000 people
Burned Area 1200 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 304 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Sokoto Nigeria 4.8 million people
Kebbi Nigeria 2.3 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
Bakolori Sokoto 1978 87 km
Gusau Sokoto -99 105 km

Nuclear plants

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