Forest Fire (10930 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 1007848
Countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Start Date - Last detection*: 16 Jul 2022 - 04 Aug 2022
Duration (days): 19
People affected: 543 in the burned area
Burned area: 10930 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 0.5 539 8136 02 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
2 0.5 539 9818 03 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
3 0.5 540 10208 04 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS
4 0.5 543 10930 05 Aug 2022 03:00 GWIS

Fires Joined

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Exposed population

The forest fire happened in The Democratic Republic of Congo , Region of Shaba (population 5,356,509) . The nearest places are Lubumbashi, Kipushi, Chingola, and Mufulira.

Radius Population
10 km 600000 people
5 km 24000 people
2 km 8400 people
1 km 7000 people
Burned Area <1000 people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Shaba The Democratic Republic of Congo 5.4 million people
North-Western Zambia 430000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Lubumbashi Katanga Democratic Republic of the Congo Major city 1.4 million people 29 km
Kipushi Katanga Democratic Republic of the Congo City 62000 people 50 km
Chingola Copperbelt Zambia City 150000 people 84 km
Mufulira Copperbelt Zambia City 120000 people 103 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
Lubumbashi Luano International FBM 1309 Civ. Paved Yes 10300 30 km
West Six 1219 Priv. Unpaved No 3500 49 km
Chingola CGJ unknown 0 83 km
Kasompe ZKP 1413 Priv. Paved No 4600 88 km
Mufulira 1326 Civ. Unpaved No 4100 107 km



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