Forest Fire (7071 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 04 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 1008147
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 04 Aug 2022 - 12 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 8
People affected: 885 in the burned area
Burned area: 7071 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 0.5 885 6000 10 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 885 6033 11 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 885 6975 12 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
4 0.5 885 7071 13 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

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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 130000 people
5 km 76000 people
2 km 56000 people
1 km 28000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 304 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
Mweka Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 50000 people 39 km
Mutombo-Lamata Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City - 60 km
Demba Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 22000 people 97 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 23 km
Musese 570 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 35 km
Mweka MEW unknown 0 38 km



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