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ZINC-LEAD-SILVER: Fireweed Zinc consolidates Macmillan Pass

The Tom camp at Macmillan Pass Credit: Fireweed Zinc

The Tom camp at Macmillan Pass Credit: Fireweed Zinc

YUKON – Fireweed Zinc is accelerating the exercise of three property option agreements to hold a 100% stake in the 544-sq.-km Macmillan Pass project, 400 km east of Whitehorse – the company has signed amended option agreements to speed up its consolidation of these grounds.

The option agreements include three groups of claims. The MAC claims cover 167 sq. km northwest of the Tom and Jason deposits – Fireweed needs to make a $2,500 cash payment and issue 225,000 of its shares to Maverix Metals to hold a 100% interest in these grounds.

The NS and BR group of claims encompasses 127 sq. km southwest of the two deposits. To have a 100% stake in these, the company needs to make a share payment of 900,000 Fireweed stocks to Golden Ridge Resources.

The MC, MP and Jerry claims cover 117 sq. km, within three blocks. To wholly own these, Fireweed will need to make a share payment of 350,000 stocks to a subsidiary of HighGold Mining and pay $75,000 in cash and make a share payment of 200,000 units to Carlin Gold.

The three amended agreements are subject to regulatory approval.

“Our Macmillan Pass property is host to one of the largest undeveloped zinc resources in the world, but it also covers an enormous under-explored 544 sq. km district, where previous operators and our own geological team have identified many other exploration targets. With exercise of these property options under favourable terms, Fireweed will now own 100% of the entire district and its great potential for new discoveries,” Brandon Macdonald, the company’s CEO, said in a release.

Macmillan Pass hosts indicated resources of 11.2 million tonnes grading 6.59% zinc, 2.48% lead and 21.33 g/t silver for a total of 1.6 billion lb. zinc, 600 million lb. lead and 7.7 million oz. silver. Inferred resources add a further 39.5 million tonnes grading 5.84% zinc, 3.14% lead and 38.15 g/t silver for a total of 5.1 billion lb. zinc, 2.7 billion lb. lead and 48.4 million oz. silver. The resources are based on a $65 per tonne net smelter return (NSR) cut-off and are contained within the Tom and Jason deposits.

Earlier this month, the company closed a $5.2-million private placement. Proceeds are intended for further drilling of the Boundary zone and for testing new targets.

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