Forest Fire (15500 ha) in Sierra Leone 22 Apr 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 1014055
Countries: Sierra Leone
Start Date - Last detection*: 22 Apr 2023 - 29 Apr 2023
Duration (days): 7
People affected: 1643 in the burned area
Burned area: 15500 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 1643 15500 07 May 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Sierra Leone , Province of Northern (population 2,348,345) . The nearest places are Freetown, and Makeni.

Radius Population
10 km 78000 people
5 km 49000 people
2 km 21000 people
1 km 13000 people
Burned Area 1600 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 1596 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Northern Sierra Leone 2.3 million people
Southern Sierra Leone 960000 people
Western Area Sierra Leone 550000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Freetown Western Area Sierra Leone Capital 790000 people 67 km
Makeni Northern Sierra Leone City 86000 people 79 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
Hastings HGS 18 Civ. Paved No 2900 56 km
Freetown Lungi FNA 26 Civ. Paved Yes 10500 65 km
Gbangbatok GBK unknown 0 78 km
Bonthe BTE 4 Civ. Paved No 3500 105 km
Bo KBS 100 Civ. Unpaved No 4000 110 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Pepel SLPEP Sierra Leone 49 km
Freetown SLFNA Sierra Leone 67 km
Benty Guinea 101 km
Bonthe SLBTE Sierra Leone 103 km
Sherbro Island Sierra Leone 107 km


Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Guma Guma 1966 65 km

Nuclear plants

More information

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