Forest Fire (9712 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 1008182
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 04 Aug 2022 - 16 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 12
People affected: 1862 in the burned area
Burned area: 9712 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 1377 5174 12 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 1377 5333 13 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 1862 5611 14 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
4 0.5 1862 6744 15 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
5 0.5 1862 9712 17 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 Mutombo-Lamata, Tshikapa, and Kazumba.

Radius Population
10 km 58000 people
5 km 42000 people
2 km 33000 people
1 km 25000 people
Burned Area 1900 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 1824 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
Mutombo-Lamata Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City - 54 km
Tshikapa Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 260000 people 72 km
Kazumba Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 13000 people 107 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
Musese 570 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 53 km
Luebo 500 Civ. Unpaved No 3600 65 km
Tshikapa TSH 486 Civ. Unpaved Yes 5200 72 km



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