What is the largest oil fire?



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    There have been a number of oil fires throughout history. It is difficult to pinpoint the largest because it depends on what criteria we are measuring by. Here are some of the larger fires that occur at the sites of oil spills.

    The collision between the Burmah Agate and the Mimosa resulted in a fire that burned from November 1,1979 until January 8 1989. The result was 7.8 million gallons of oil burned and 2.6 million gallons of oil spilled into the environment.

    The deliberate destruction of oil tankers, terminals, and wells by the Iraqi Army in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War resulted in a large number of fires. Over 900,000,000 barrels of oil were spilled in total, making this the largest spill of oil in history.

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