In the searing heat of the Iranian desert, 100 miles south of Abadan, the world's biggest ever oil blaze is clawing at the sky with flames almost 1000 feet high.
In the searing heat of the Iranian desert, 100 miles south of Abadan, the world's biggest ever oil blaze is clawing at the sky with flames almost 1000 feet high. Millions of gallons of oil are going up in smoke and flame with a noise like a hundred jet planes warming up. Temperatures at a very safe distance from the fire are around 180 degrees fahrenheit. This is a tremendous job, even for big, bluff Myron Kinley, the 60 year old Texas oil-fire expert who spends his life in all parts of the world as a free-lance oil-fire fighter. Kinley was summoned hastily last week when an explosion in the well touched off the flaming fountain of oil. Here, today, Saturday, he was starting the long, searing job of putting out this tornado of fire. First he clears the debris from the area - bulldozing near the flames under the protection of asbestos-covered shields. His next step will be to try his dynamite method of killing the fire. This system, of blasting the seat if the fire, has worked before for this tough, determining American. If it feilam this time, he plans to bore a diagonal hole to meet the main shaft below ground level. He will then pump hundred of tons of mud down his bore-hole on attempt to another the fire that way. To provide enough water for cooling purposes - and possibly for making the mud - it was necessary to set up a special pip-line which brought water from a point 35 miles away...this was achieved in 7 days. ( Myron Kinley wear check chirt, walks with a stiff leg --legacy of former battles with oil fires).