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Boots and Coots prepare to attack their first oil well fire in the Rumaila Oil Field after a delay of a week due to security, sandstorms, and bureaucracy problems. They are taking a close look while shielding themselves with metal roofing pieces to block the intense heat of the fire. Rumaila is one of Iraq's biggest oil fields with five billion barrels in reserve. Many of the wells are 10,000 feet deep and produce huge volumes of oil and gas under tremendous pressure, which makes capping them very difficult and dangerous. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.

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Boots and Coots prepare to attack their first oil well fire in the Rumaila Oil Field after a delay of a week due to security, sandstorms, and bureaucracy problems. They are taking a close look while shielding themselves with metal roofing pieces to block the intense heat of the fire. Rumaila is one of Iraq's biggest oil fields with five billion barrels in reserve. Many of the wells are 10,000 feet deep and produce huge volumes of oil and gas under tremendous pressure, which makes capping them very difficult and dangerous. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.