Forest Fire (13101 ha) in Zambia 20 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 1016769
Countries: Zambia
Start Date - Last detection*: 20 Aug 2023 - 31 Aug 2023
Duration (days): 11
People affected: 470 in the burned area
Burned area: 13101 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 1753 12806 30 Aug 2023 00:06 GWIS
2 0.5 470 13101 05 Sep 2023 08:07 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 19000 people
5 km 16000 people
2 km 13000 people
1 km 13000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 833 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.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Kawambwa 1414 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 51 km
Luwingu 1417 0 54 km
Mporokoso 1393 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 92 km
Kasenga KEC 959 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 109 km



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