Forest Fire (14442 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 13 Mar 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 1012771
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 13 Mar 2023 - 16 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 8108 in the burned area
Burned area: 14442 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 8108 14442 17 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Equateur (population 4,708,718) . The nearest places are Lisala, and Bumba.

Radius Population
10 km 280000 people
5 km 160000 people
2 km 31000 people
1 km 22000 people
Burned Area 8100 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 2584 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Equateur The Democratic Republic of Congo 4.7 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Lisala Équateur Democratic Republic of the Congo City 70000 people 10 km
Bumba Équateur Democratic Republic of the Congo City 95000 people 105 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
Lisala LIQ 463 Civ. Unpaved No 5300 8 km
Bosondjo 400 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 50 km
Bumba BMB 361 Civ. Unpaved No 5200 115 km



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