Forest Fire (10758 ha) in Ghana 01 Jan 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 1011362
Countries: Ghana
Start Date - Last detection*: 01 Jan 2023 - 17 Jan 2023
Duration (days): 16
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 10758 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 0 6698 17 Jan 2023 18:34 GWIS
2 0.5 0 10758 17 Jan 2023 21:13 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Ghana , Region of Northern (population 1,590,580) . The nearest places are Savelugu, Yendi, and Tamale.

Radius Population
10 km 25000 people
5 km 19000 people
2 km 15000 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Northern Ghana 1.6 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Savelugu Northern Ghana City 29000 people 46 km
Yendi Northern Ghana City 42000 people 55 km
Tamale Northern Ghana City 360000 people 58 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
Yendi 224 Civ. Unpaved No 4500 54 km
Tamale TML 169 Civ. Paved Yes 7900 61 km
Tamale Old 183 0 62 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Bontanga n/a 69 km

Nuclear plants

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