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For five days in a row, Kuwait firefighters attempted without success to kill an oil well fire 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..They used a huge bell-shaped steel chamber to move the heat of the fire further away from the ground so that it would be easier to extinguish with high-pressure water hoses. They ran out of water, however, before they could finish. The Rumaila field 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.