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Boots and Coots prepares to attack their first oil well fire in the Rumaila field after a delay of a week due to security, sandstorms, and bureaucracy problems. They are taking a close look shielding themselves with metal roofing pieces that block the intense heat of the fire and working under a water spray. 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.

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Boots and Coots prepares to attack their first oil well fire in the Rumaila field after a delay of a week due to security, sandstorms, and bureaucracy problems. They are taking a close look shielding themselves with metal roofing pieces that block the intense heat of the fire and working under a water spray. 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.