Forest Fire (14350 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 1012877
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 24 Mar 2023 - 25 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 1
People affected: 4262 in the burned area
Burned area: 14350 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 4079 12154 25 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 4262 14350 26 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 Equateur (population 4,708,718) . The nearest places are Bumba, and Aketi.

Radius Population
10 km 34000 people
5 km 13000 people
2 km 4900 people
1 km 3600 people
Burned Area 4300 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 950 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

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

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Bumba Équateur Democratic Republic of the Congo City 95000 people 68 km
Aketi Orientale Democratic Republic of the Congo City 35000 people 92 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
Yalingimba 435 Civ. Unpaved No 3400 24 km
Mokaria-Yamoleka 420 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 38 km
Engengele 390 Civ. Unpaved No 4100 48 km
Bumba BMB 361 Civ. Unpaved No 5200 56 km
Bolila 390 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 57 km
Mombongo 450 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 79 km
Aketi 375 Civ. Unpaved No 3100 95 km



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