Forest Fire (10466 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 1002141
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 14 Aug 2021 - 18 Aug 2021
Duration (days): 4
People affected: 1583 in the burned area
Burned area: 10466 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 1583 10466 02 Sep 2021 03:02 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Bandundu (population 5,092,178) . The nearest places are and Kikwit.

Radius Population
10 km 94000 people
5 km 60000 people
2 km 45000 people
1 km 25000 people
Burned Area 1500 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 5358 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Bandundu The Democratic Republic of Congo 5 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Kikwit Democratic Republic of the Congo City 180000 people 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
Masi-Manimba MSM 595 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 16 km
Lusanga LUS 416 Civ. Unpaved No 3000 88 km
Lunkuni 483 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 93 km
Kikwit KKW 479 Civ. Paved No 5100 95 km



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