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Oil well fires burn in Kuwait during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. As Iraq pulled out from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War in 1991, Iraqi troops set fire to some 650 oil wells. The environmental devastation was enormous. This Landsat image, among many others, was crucial for Kuwaiti emergency responders to figure out where the fires were burning and how best to approach them.

GULF WAR, KUWAIT. Burning oil fields. The ecological landscape of Kuwait and the Persian Gulf was severely damaged when Iraqi forces set fire to 789 oil wells.

Burning daylight—thought these were tornadoes, I think those are the burning oil wells in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Iraq set fire to more than 600 of them as they retreated from Kuwait during the Gulf War in 1991

Persian Gulf War | ...in the burning oil fields of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, 1991

Steve McCurry. KUWAIT. Gulf War Aftermath. Persian Gulf, March 1991.

Photo: Canadian firefighters seal an oil well in Kuwait after Iraqi sabotage during the Gulf War, 1991

Operation Desert Storm - U.S Military troops patrolling burning oil fields in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)