Forest Fire (13658 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 04 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 1016135
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 04 Aug 2023 - 07 Aug 2023
Duration (days): 3
People affected: 5266 in the burned area
Burned area: 13658 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 0 5349 06 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
2 0.5 4480 9292 07 Aug 2023 08:00 GWIS
3 0.5 5266 13658 08 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 Kasai-Occidental (population 3,162,753) . The nearest places are Kazumba, and Tshikapa.

Radius Population
10 km 51000 people
5 km 34000 people
2 km 20000 people
1 km 17000 people
Burned Area 5300 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 1520 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
Kazumba Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 13000 people 59 km
Tshikapa Kasai-Occidental Democratic Republic of the Congo City 260000 people 80 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
Diboko 742 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 74 km
Tshikapa TSH 486 Civ. Unpaved Yes 5200 78 km
Tshibala 697 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 82 km
Musese 570 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 98 km
Tshikaji 697 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 111 km



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