Forest Fire (14200 ha) in Canada 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 1016840
Countries: Canada
Start Date - Last detection*: 16 Aug 2023 - 29 Aug 2023
Duration (days): 13
People affected: 2994 in the burned area
Burned area: 14200 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 3245 14200 30 Aug 2023 00:06 GWIS
2 0.5 2994 14200 05 Sep 2023 08:07 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Canada , Province of British Columbia (population 3,415,527) . The nearest places are Kelowna, Summerland, Vernon, Penticton, and Osoyoos.

Radius Population
10 km 120000 people
5 km 52000 people
2 km 17000 people
1 km 9100 people
Burned Area 3000 people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
British Columbia Canada 3.4 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Kelowna British Columbia Canada City 120000 people 12 km
Summerland British Columbia Canada City 6200 people 38 km
Vernon British Columbia Canada City 47000 people 41 km
Penticton British Columbia Canada City 37000 people 50 km
Osoyoos British Columbia Canada City 4300 people 101 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
Kelowna YLW 429 Civ. Paved Yes 7300 15 km
Vernon YVE 350 Civ. Paved No 3100 39 km
Douglas Lake DGF 823 0 50 km
Penticton YYF 344 Civ. Paved Yes 6000 53 km
Oliver 309 0 85 km
Salmon Arm YSN 527 Civ. Paved No 3600 86 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Brenda Macdonald 1990 30 km

Nuclear plants

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