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Gari of Boots and Coots takes a mid-morning break in front of one of the equipment containers near a raging oil well fire in Rumaila field, Southern Iraq. Another fire blazes in the distance. The Rumaila field is one of Iraq's biggest with five billion barrels in reserve. Boots and Coots had a team of firefighters in Kuwait ready to go into Iraq several weeks before the war began. All of their equipment (including bulldozers and trucks) was flown in from Texas on large Russian cargo planes (AN-124s). Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.

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Gari of Boots and Coots takes a mid-morning break in front of one of the equipment containers near a raging oil well fire in Rumaila field, Southern Iraq. Another fire blazes in the distance. The Rumaila field is one of Iraq's biggest with five billion barrels in reserve. Boots and Coots had a team of firefighters in Kuwait ready to go into Iraq several weeks before the war began. All of their equipment (including bulldozers and trucks) was flown in from Texas on large Russian cargo planes (AN-124s). Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.