Forest Fire (5953 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 22 Jul 2022

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 1008009
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 22 Jul 2022 - 03 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 12
People affected: 143 in the burned area
Burned area: 5953 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 0.5 143 5455 03 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 143 5953 04 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Shaba (population 5,356,509) . The nearest places are Lubumbashi, Likasi, and Kipushi.

Radius Population
10 km 16000 people
5 km 9400 people
2 km <1000 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Shaba The Democratic Republic of Congo 5.4 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Likasi Katanga Democratic Republic of the Congo City 420000 people 51 km
Lubumbashi Katanga Democratic Republic of the Congo Major city 1.4 million people 83 km
Kipushi Katanga Democratic Republic of the Congo City 62000 people 89 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
Mwadingusha 1130 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 24 km
Kamatanda 1300 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 51 km
Lubumbashi Luano International FBM 1309 Civ. Paved Yes 10300 78 km
Katwe 1700 Civ. Unpaved No 4100 85 km
Fungurume 1175 Civ. Unpaved No 6100 107 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Tshangalele Mwadinguisha Lufira 1930 24 km
Koni Lufira 1950 28 km

Nuclear plants

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