Forest Fire (16639 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 09 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 1016940
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 09 Aug 2023 - 21 Aug 2023
Duration (days): 12
People affected: 3036 in the burned area
Burned area: 16639 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 3036 16639 30 Aug 2023 00:06 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 Tshikapa, Kazumba, and Mutombo-Lamata.

Radius Population
10 km 99000 people
5 km 33000 people
2 km 10000 people
1 km 6100 people
Burned Area 3000 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 2356 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 38 km
Kazumba Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 13000 people 101 km
Mutombo-Lamata Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City - 101 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
Tshikapa TSH 486 Civ. Unpaved Yes 5200 36 km
Diboko 742 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 70 km
Musese 570 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 104 km



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