Forest Fire (14722 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 1012883
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 24 Mar 2023 - 28 Mar 2023
Duration (days): 4
People affected: 1355 in the burned area
Burned area: 14722 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 1112 13874 25 Mar 2023 04:00 GWIS
2 0.5 1355 14722 26 Mar 2023 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 1355 14841 29 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 Lisala.

Radius Population
10 km 28000 people
5 km 16000 people
2 km 8200 people
1 km 5100 people
Burned Area 1400 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 494 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
Bumba Équateur Democratic Republic of the Congo City 95000 people 51 km
Lisala Équateur Democratic Republic of the Congo City 70000 people 77 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
Bumba BMB 361 Civ. Unpaved No 5200 53 km
Lisala LIQ 463 Civ. Unpaved No 5300 77 km
Bosondjo 400 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 78 km
Engengele 390 Civ. Unpaved No 4100 78 km
Yalingimba 435 Civ. Unpaved No 3400 85 km



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