Forest Fire (11304 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 14 Aug 2023

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 1016413
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 14 Aug 2023 - 17 Aug 2023
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 2907 in the burned area
Burned area: 11304 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 2625 8348 15 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
2 0.5 2625 9015 16 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
3 0.5 2907 11304 18 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

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Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Bandundu (population 5,092,178) . The nearest places are Kikwit, and Idiofa.

Radius Population
10 km 19000 people
5 km 13000 people
2 km 9800 people
1 km 5000 people
Burned Area 2900 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 228 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Bandundu The Democratic Republic of Congo 5.1 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Kikwit Democratic Republic of the Congo City 190000 people 53 km
Idiofa Democratic Republic of the Congo City 19000 people 75 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
Kikwit KKW 479 Civ. Paved No 5100 56 km
Idiofa IDF 701 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 65 km
Lusanga LUS 416 Civ. Unpaved No 3000 77 km



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