Fireweed begins drilling on Macmillan Pass Zinc Project

by Keith Powell
The Macmillan Pass Zinc Project in Yukon, Canada.

The Macmillan Pass Zinc Project in Yukon, Canada. — Photo courtesy Fireweed Zinc Ltd.

FIREWEED ZINC LTD. (“Fireweed” or the “Company”) (TSXV:FWZ) is pleased to announce that drilling has begun on the Macmillan Pass Zinc Project in Yukon, Canada. The first two drills have now begun drilling step out holes south of the Tom West Zone targeting the projection of high-grade mineralization with the intention of expanding Mineral Resources. A third drill will start up over the next two weeks as mobilization of crews, drills and supplies into camp continues and camp facilities are expanded.

Drilling Plans

A 10,000 meter drill program carried out by three drills is planned for the 2018 season with three main goals:

  • Expand known zones through step out drill holes to build tonnage beyond the already substantial Mineral Resources (see Fireweed news release dated January 10, 2018 for details); all zones remain open for expansion
  • Upgrade priority zones to Measured and Indicated categories to de-risk key parts of the Mineral Resources
  • Drill new exploration targets toward discovery of entirely new deposits on the large land package

Details and sections for some of these drill targets are illustrated in the current Company presentation at

Exploration for New Discoveries

Field work began on the property several weeks ago (see Fireweed news release dated June 5, 2018) with sampling and surveying orientation grids to optimize exploration methodologies. To date, approximately 2,400 geochemical samples have been collected in the immediate Tom and Jason deposit areas with plans to sample the End Zone area next. Ground geophysics, including gravity and passive seismics, has been completed over Jason and is now in progress at Tom. Mapping and prospecting have also begun. When field work on these priority deposit areas has been completed, results and methods will be interpreted and assessed, and field work will continue in search of new discoveries.

The 2018 field exploration work is driven by modern exploration concepts. The program will utilize: extensive geological mapping; prospecting; geochemical surveys including stream sediment, soil and rock sampling surveys; and ground gravity surveys. The survey accuracy of the data collected will be ensured with topographic airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and ground Differential GPS (DGPS) survey control methods.  In total, a crew of 45 persons will be in camp to carry out the extensive work program.

Brandon Macdonald, CEO, stated, “With a healthy treasury, we are planning to both drill to expand and upgrade our mineral resource and carry out aggressive exploration toward making new discoveries. We have assembled a very large under-explored land package in a district known for producing large zinc deposits. Our field work will cover untested priority targets and greenfields exploration areas in search of new discoveries, some of which we hope will be ready to drill later this season.”

Technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Brandon Macdonald, P.Geo, CEO and a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined under Canadian National Instrument 43‑101.

About Fireweed Zinc Ltd.

Fireweed Zinc is a public mineral exploration company focused on zinc and managed by a veteran team of mining industry professionals. The Company is advancing its large 470 km2 Macmillan Pass Project in Yukon, Canada, which is host to the 100% owned Tom and Jason zinc-lead-silver deposits with recently announced new Mineral Resources and a PEA economic study (see Fireweed news releases dated January 10, 2018 and May 23, 2018 respectively for details). The project also includes option agreements on large blocks of adjacent claims (MAC, MC, MP, Jerry, BR and NS) which cover projected extensions of mineralization from the Jason area and areas where previous exploration identified zinc, lead and silver geochemical anomalies in critical host geology.

Additional information about Fireweed Zinc and its Macmillan Pass Project, can be found on the Company’s website at and at

Forward-looking statements apply. 

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