Forest Fire (10008 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 1016497
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 14 Aug 2023 - 17 Aug 2023
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 1788 in the burned area
Burned area: 10008 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 1631 7492 17 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
2 0.5 1788 10008 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) .

Radius Population
10 km 47000 people
5 km 29000 people
2 km 9600 people
1 km 8300 people
Burned Area 1800 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 646 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

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

Affected populated places

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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
Masi-Manimba MSM 595 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 19 km
Lunkuni 483 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 63 km



Nuclear plants

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