Forest Fire (39275 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 24 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 1012882
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 24 Mar 2023 - 25 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 1
People affected: 8877 in the burned area
Burned area: 39275 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 8667 38551 25 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 8877 39275 28 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

This event includes other close identified fires:

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Haut-Zaire (population 5,815,627) . The nearest places are Bumba, and Aketi.

Radius Population
10 km 48000 people
5 km 34000 people
2 km 29000 people
1 km 25000 people
Burned Area 8900 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 8094 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Haut-Zaire The Democratic Republic of Congo 5.8 million people
Equateur The Democratic Republic of Congo 4.7 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Bumba Équateur Democratic Republic of the Congo City 95000 people 75 km
Aketi Orientale Democratic Republic of the Congo City 35000 people 100 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
Mokaria-Yamoleka 420 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 17 km
Bolila 390 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 28 km
Yalingimba 435 Civ. Unpaved No 3400 37 km
Engengele 390 Civ. Unpaved No 4100 49 km
Mombongo 450 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 50 km
Bumba BMB 361 Civ. Unpaved No 5200 68 km
Aketi 375 Civ. Unpaved No 3100 102 km



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