Forest Fire (5132 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 15 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 1008034
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 15 Jul 2022 - 03 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 19
People affected: 0 in the burned area
Burned area: 5132 ha
More Info: Global Wildfire Information System

*(Last detection of the thermal anomaly of the fire)


For more info on GDACS alert score click here.

Detailed event map. European Union, 2022. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

Impact Timeline

IDAlert colorGDACS ScorePopulation AffectedBurned Area (ha)Last UpdateSource
1 0.5 0 5132 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 and Kolwezi.

Radius Population
10 km 1700 people
5 km <1000 people
2 km <1000 people
1 km <1000 people
Burned Area no people

Land Cover area Source
Protected Area 2001 ha WDPA

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
Kolwezi Katanga Democratic Republic of the Congo City 900000 people 59 km

see full list

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
Kolwezi KWZ 1526 Civ. Paved Yes 5700 41 km
Mutoshi 1512 0 45 km
Mutshatsha 1160 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 91 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
N'Zilo N'Zilo 1 Lualaba 1953 56 km
N'Seke Lualaba 1956 70 km

Nuclear plants

More information

For a full list of available products related to this event, please refer to the GDACS Resources page.