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Oil well fires in Kuwait. These photos, courtesy of the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory, were taken within a few weeks after the end of the Gulf War. Extreme heat and difficult desert conditions created significant challenges for fire fighters of these oil wells.



Created August 24, 2011, Updated January 5, 2017