Forest Fire (10627 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 14 Aug 2021

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 1002138
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 14 Aug 2021 - 17 Aug 2021
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 11727 in the burned area
Burned area: 10627 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 11727 10627 02 Sep 2021 03:02 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Kasai-Occidental (population 3,162,753) . The nearest places are Mweka, Mutombo-Lamata, and Demba.

Radius Population
10 km 120000 people
5 km 77000 people
2 km 71000 people
1 km 37000 people
Burned Area 11000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 16910 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Kasai-Occidental The Democratic Republic of Congo 3.1 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Mweka Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 49000 people 37 km
Mutombo-Lamata Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City - 75 km
Demba Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 22000 people 81 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
Luebo 500 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 36 km
Mweka MEW unknown 0 37 km
Musese 570 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 41 km



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