Forest Fire (18382 ha) in The Democratic Republic of Congo 16 Jul 2022

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 1007844
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 16 Jul 2022 - 04 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 19
People affected: 1688 in the burned area
Burned area: 18382 ha
More Info: Global Wildfire Information System

*(Last detection of the thermal anomaly of the fire)


For more info on GDACS alert score click here.

Detailed event map. European Union, 2023. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

Impact Timeline

IDAlert colorGDACS ScorePopulation AffectedBurned Area (ha)Last UpdateSource
1 0.5 1149 11958 02 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 1362 14556 03 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 1311 16646 04 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
4 0.5 1688 18382 05 Aug 2022 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 Bandundu (population 5,092,178) . The nearest places are Kikwit, and Idiofa.

Radius Population
10 km 130000 people
5 km 76000 people
2 km 37000 people
1 km 20000 people
Burned Area 1700 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 2584 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Bandundu The Democratic Republic of Congo 5.1 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Kikwit Democratic Republic of the Congo City 190000 people 54 km
Idiofa Democratic Republic of the Congo City 19000 people 98 km

see full list

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
Lusanga LUS 416 Civ. Unpaved No 3000 32 km
Kikwit KKW 479 Civ. Paved No 5100 53 km
Idiofa IDF 701 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 92 km
Mangai II 430 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 92 km
Masi-Manimba MSM 595 Civ. Unpaved No 3200 110 km



Nuclear plants

More information

For a full list of available products related to this event, please refer to the GDACS Resources page.