Forest Fire (17614 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 05 Aug 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 1008117
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 05 Aug 2022 - 11 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 6
People affected: 5596 in the burned area
Burned area: 17614 ha
More Info: Global Wildfire Information System

*(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 1935 6822 09 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 4196 9711 10 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 4196 10135 11 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
4 0.5 5596 17614 12 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

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

Radius Population
10 km 200000 people
5 km 150000 people
2 km 110000 people
1 km 45000 people
Burned Area 5600 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 10450 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Kasai-Occidental The Democratic Republic of Congo 3.2 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Tshikapa Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 260000 people 63 km
Kazumba Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 13000 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
Diboko 742 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 47 km
Tshikapa TSH 486 Civ. Unpaved Yes 5200 60 km
Tshibala 697 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 84 km
Chitato PGI 762 0 103 km
Dundo DUE 747 0 106 km



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