A moment of respite for Red on a cold morning in New Mexico, 1964. Water is a safety precaution prior to and during capping operations. It can knock down static electricity, or a spark, that will cause you grief. Or worse. When the well is on fire, water is good and keeps things cool. When the well is just blowing and the air outside is cold, water is a bitch. Its a delicate balance between safety and comfort. Red, deep in thought, may be contemplating how to get in close and do something needing to be done, without getting wet and freezing half to death.
Photo Courtesy Dolph Briscoe Library, University of Texas, Austin