Forest Fire (10016 ha) in India 19 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 1014456
Countries: India
Start Date - Last detection*: 19 May 2023 - 26 May 2023
Duration (days): 7
People affected: 5517 in the burned area
Burned area: 10016 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 5820 6547 26 May 2023 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 5517 10016 27 May 2023 08:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in India , State of Madhya Pradesh (population 70,045,940) . The nearest places are Dhamtari, Raipur, Durg, Kanker, Bhatapara, and Raj Nandgaon.

Radius Population
10 km 550000 people
5 km 390000 people
2 km 120000 people
1 km 83000 people
Burned Area 5500 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 11134 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Madhya Pradesh India 70 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Dhamtari Chhattisgarh India City 86000 people 48 km
Raipur Chhattisgarh India City 670000 people 49 km
Durg Chhattisgarh India City 250000 people 69 km
Kanker Chhattisgarh India City 25000 people 86 km
Bhatapara Chhattisgarh India City 50000 people 91 km
Raj Nandgaon Chhattisgarh India City - 98 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
Raipur RPR 318 Civ. Paved Yes 6400 38 km
Nawapara 322 0 58 km
Bhilai 297 0 74 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Mahanadi Mahanadi 1978 26 km
Kodar Kodar Nalla 1981 39 km
Murumsilli Murumsilli Silliyari 1923 51 km
Ravishankar Sagar Ravishankar Sagar Mahanadi 1979 53 km
Upper Jonk Jonk n/a 54 km
Sikasar Local Nalla 1977 57 km
Khapri Local Nalla 1909 63 km
Kumhari Reservoir Kumhari Banjari Nalla 1927 65 km
Maroda Tank Local Nalla 1991 68 km
Dudhawa Mahanadi 1963 70 km
Sondur Local Nalla 1988 77 km
Tandula Tandula 1923 83 km
Kharkhara Tank Kharikhara 1967 88 km

Nuclear plants

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