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The Kuwait Oil Company firefighting team dispatched to southern Iraq extinguished their first oil well fire in Iraq's Rumaila field. The wells were set on fire with explosives by retreating Iraqi troops when the US and UK invasion began. Seven or eight wells were set ablaze. Here the ground is still smoking and oil boiling as the well still spurts some oil. The Rumaila field is one of Iraq's biggest oil fields with five billion barrels in reserve. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.

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The Kuwait Oil Company firefighting team dispatched to southern Iraq extinguished their first oil well fire in Iraq's Rumaila field. The wells were set on fire with explosives by retreating Iraqi troops when the US and UK invasion began. Seven or eight wells were set ablaze. Here the ground is still smoking and oil boiling as the well still spurts some oil. The Rumaila field is one of Iraq's biggest oil fields with five billion barrels in reserve. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.