Forest Fire (19779 ha) in Nepal 09 May 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 1014260
Countries: Nepal
Start Date - Last detection*: 09 May 2023 - 17 May 2023
Duration (days): 8
People affected: 762 in the burned area
Burned area: 19779 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 0.5 779 14406 15 May 2023 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 779 16321 16 May 2023 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 779 17234 17 May 2023 03:00 GWIS
4 0.5 762 19779 18 May 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in Nepal , Zone of Bheri (population 1,188,714) . The nearest places are Lawamjula, Jajarkot, Katti, Bahraich, Balrampur, Malbhanguwa, and Singahi Kalan.

Radius Population
10 km 120000 people
5 km 44000 people
2 km 3500 people
1 km 3400 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 342 m2 GHSL
Protected Area 458 ha WDPA

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Bheri Nepal 1.2 million people
Rapti Nepal 1.1 million people
Uttar Pradesh India 147.2 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Lawamjula Rapti Nepal City - 38 km
Jajarkot Bheri Nepal City - 68 km
Katti Bheri Nepal City - 68 km
Bahraich Uttar Pradesh India City 180000 people 71 km
Balrampur Uttar Pradesh India City 72000 people 86 km
Malbhanguwa Seti Nepal City - 98 km
Singahi Kalan Uttar Pradesh India City - 99 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
Nepalgunj KEP 165 Civ. Paved Yes 5000 23 km
Dang DNP unknown 0 42 km
Surkhet SKH 732 Civ. Unpaved No 3400 53 km
Rukumkot RUK unknown 0 95 km
Rolpa RPA unknown 0 95 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Pathkhauli Hathia Khand n/a 86 km

Nuclear plants

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