VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FIREWEED ZINC LTD. (“Fireweed” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FWZ) announces that additional wide zones of mineralization have been intersected at Boundary West Zone on the Macmillan Pass Project, Yukon, Canada. Drilling has now been completed for the 2020 season. Assays for all holes are pending. An airborne VTEM-magnetic geophysics survey and final sampling of drill core are being completed as the camp winds down for the winter.

Highlights

  • A total of 10 diamond-drill holes for 2,948 m, and 9 RC holes for 507 m have been completed
  • Hole NB20-008 intersected a wide zone of zinc-lead mineralization and has demonstrated continuity between previously announced holes NB-20-004 and 007, in a new discovery known as “Boundary West”, and the core of Boundary Zone
  • Hole NB20-009 was drilled from the same pad as hole NB20-007, which was lost, and intersected a wide zone of zinc-lead mineralization at the new Boundary West Zone

CEO Statement
Brandon Macdonald, CEO, stated “It has been a short but intense exploration season at Macmillan Pass where we had three drills working. Highlights for the season are several wide intersections of zinc-lead mineralization in long step out holes at Boundary West Zone for which we eagerly await assays. These include yet more wide zones of mineralization in new step out holes 008 and 009 at Boundary West Zone. We also drilled wide intersections in the heart of Boundary Zone and tested other targets as well. We will leave one drill and associated equipment in camp over the winter so we can get an early start next season to continue drilling these zones which remain open for exploration.”

Core Drilling
Infill and step-out drilling at Boundary Zone (Map 1) has successfully encountered wide zones of zinc-lead mineralization, significantly extending the footprint of the known mineralization. A total of nine holes were drilled at Boundary Zone this season for 2,948 m (Map 2). Three drill holes, NB20-004, -008 and -009, have discovered new wide sections of pyrite-sphalerite-galena mineralization which extends Boundary Zone at least 360 m to the west in a new discovery named Boundary Zone West. The holes were drilled on a new gravity high anomaly defined earlier this summer during the ground geophysics survey work. Two other infill holes at Boundary Zone also intersected wide zones of mineralization.

One hole was drilled at the end of the season on the 240 Mile Target which is a new exploration target marked by a gravity anomaly located between the Tom and Jason deposits (Map 3) (see Fireweed news release dated June 11, 2020 for details). This hole was drilled to a depth of 632 m before being suspended due to encroaching winter weather. It did not encounter the target horizon, and further geological and geophysical interpretation of this area is required. The hole was left open to allow potential drilling to greater depth to resume next season.

Assays are pending for all holes. Descriptions of all holes drilled this season are in the tables at the end of this news release.

Reverse Circulation (RC) Drilling
Infill holes at Tom and Jason were drilled (Map 4, Map 5), demonstrating the potential to use RC drilling as a low-cost alternative to diamond drilling for future upgrading of resource categories at shallow depths. Assays are pending for all holes.

Airborne VTEM-Magnetic Geophysics
A late season airborne VTEM-magnetic geophysics survey is being carried out over the western part of the Fertile Corridor including Boundary Zone. Results from this survey will be used to guide future exploration and drill targeting.

Qualified Person Statement
Technical information in this news release has been approved by Gilles Dessureau, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration and a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined under Canadian National Instrument 43-101.

About Fireweed Zinc Ltd. (TSXV: FWZ): Fireweed Zinc is a public mineral exploration company focused on zinc-lead-silver and managed by a veteran team of mining industry professionals. The Company is advancing its district-scale 544 km2 Macmillan Pass Project in Yukon, Canada, which is host to the 100% owned Tom and Jason zinc-lead-silver deposits with current Mineral Resources and a PEA economic study (see Fireweed news releases dated January 10, 2018, and May 23, 2018, respectively, and reports filed on www.sedar.com for details) as well as the Boundary Zone, Tom North Zone and End Zone which have significant zinc-lead-silver mineralization drilled but not yet classified as mineral resources. The project also includes large blocks of adjacent claims (MAC, MC, MP, Jerry, BR, and NS) which cover exploration targets in the district where previous and recent work identified zinc, lead and silver prospects, and geophysical and geochemical anomalies in prospective host geology.

Additional information about Fireweed Zinc and its Macmillan Pass Zinc Project including maps and drill sections can be found on the Company’s website at www.FireweedZinc.com and at www.sedar.com.

ON BEHALF OF FIREWEED ZINC LTD.

Brandon Macdonald

CEO & Director

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact:
Brandon Macdonald
Phone: 604-646-8361

Cautionary Statements
This news release may contain “forward-looking” statements and information relating to the Company and the Macmillan Pass Project that are based on the beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to Company management. Such statements reflect the current risks, uncertainties and assumptions related to certain factors including but not limited to, without limitations, exploration and development risks, expenditure and financing requirements, general economic conditions, changes in financial markets, the effects of the pandemic, the ability to properly and efficiently staff the Company’s operations, the sufficiency of working capital and funding for continued operations, title matters, First Nations relations, operating hazards, political and economic factors, competitive factors, metal prices, relationships with vendors and strategic partners, governmental regulations and oversight, permitting, seasonality and weather, technological change, industry practices, and one-time events. Additional risks are set out in the Company’s prospectus dated May 9, 2017, and filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Should any one or more risks or uncertainties materialize or change, or should any underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and forward-looking statements may vary materially from those described herein. The Company does not undertake to update forward‐looking statements or forward‐looking information, except as required by law.

TABLE 1: 2020 DRILL HOLE COLLAR DATA

Diamond Drill Holes

Drill HoleLength (m)ZoneEasting*Northing*Elevation (m)Dip (°)Grid Azimuth (°)
NB20-001303.5Boundary Zone42244070104181164-54270
NB20-002320.0Boundary Zone42233670103291132-50020
NB20-003152.0Boundary Zone42155770104561200-50185
NB20-004333.0Boundary Zone42204970106141218-50215
NB20-005143.0Boundary Zone42227770103131129-50215
NB20-006203.0Boundary Zone42227770103131129-80215
NB20-00790.0Boundary Zone42195170105381200-70215
NB20-008324.0Boundary Zone42221670103541139-50215
NB20-009447.2Boundary Zone42195170105381200-75215
MP20-001632.0240 Mile43869870030941311-60295

*UTM Zone 9 NAD83

Reverse Circulation (RC) Drill Holes

Drill HoleLength (m)ZoneEasting*Northing*Elevation (m)Dip (°)Grid Azimuth (°)
TRC20-0017.6Tom West44206570036671547-50066
TRC20-00282.3Tom West44207170036631547-80066
TRC20-00364.0Tom West44207170036631547-55066
TRC20-00464.0Tom West44207170036631547-70089
TRC20-00547.2Tom West44207170036631547-55129
TRC20-00636.6Tom West44204970036781545-80065
TRC20-00798.45Tom North44165470045071422-51076
JRC20-00147.24Jason Main43643770027741298-50027
JRC20-00259.44Jason Main43653370027721300-65011

*UTM Zone 9 NAD83

TABLE 2: 2020 DRILL HOLE RESULTS AND OBSERVATIONS

Diamond Drill Holes assays pending for all holes

Drill HoleLength (m)ZoneTargetResults and Observations
NB20-001303.5Boundary ZoneBZ core infillWide zone encountered.
NB20-002320.0Boundary ZoneBZ core infill/step-outWide zone encountered. Hole abandoned at 320 m in mineralization due to drilling problems.
NB20-003152.0Boundary ZoneGravity high anomaly ~800 m west of BZNo significant mineralization. Anomaly explained by dense sedimentary rock unit
NB20-004333.0Boundary ZoneGravity high anomaly 360 m west of BZWide zone encountered.
NB20-005143.0Boundary ZoneBZ step-out to southNo significant mineralization.
NB20-006203.0Boundary ZoneBZ step-out to southMinor mineralization encountered.
NB20-00790.0Boundary ZoneGravity high 360 m W of BZHole abandoned due to drilling problems and re-drilled as NB20-009.
NB20-008324.0Boundary ZoneGravity high anomaly 200 m west of BZ and step-out 80 m west of previous drillingWide zone encountered.
NB20-009447.2Boundary ZoneGravity high anomaly 360 m W of BZWide zone encountered.
MP20-001632.0240 Mile TargetGravity high anomaly between the Tom and Jason depositsHole suspended before reaching target horizon; casing left in place to allow resumption of drilling next season.

Reverse Circulation (RC) Drill Holes assays pending for all holes

Drill HoleLength (m)ZoneTargetResults and Observations
TRC20-0017.6Tom WestInfillHole abandoned at casing due to drilling problems
TRC20-00282.3Tom WestInfillTom West zone intersected
TRC20-00364.0Tom WestInfillTom West zone intersected
TRC20-00464.0Tom WestTwin of historic holeSuccessful twin with good recovery
TRC20-00547.2Tom WestStep-outHole abandoned before target depth due to drilling problems
TRC20-00636.6Tom WestInfillHole abandoned before target depth due to drilling problems
TRC20-00798.45Tom NorthInfillTom North zone intersected
JRC20-00147.24Jason MainInfillJason Main zone intersected
JRC20-00259.44Jason MainInfillJason Main zone intersected

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MACMILLAN PASS PROJECT 2020 TARGETS

Map 1 – Macmillan Pass Project: Locations of the 2020 exploration targets, advanced prospects, and known deposits.
BOUNDARY ZONE 2020 GRAVITY AND DRILLING

Map 2 – Boundary Zone: Locations of the 2020 drill hole locations
240 MILE TARGET 2020 DRILLING

Map 3 – 240 Mile Target: Locations of the 2020 drill hole locations
TOM 2020 RC DRILLING

Map 4 – Tom Area: Locations of the 2020 RC drill hole locations
JASON 2020 RC DRILLING

Map 5 – Jason Area: Locations of the 2020 RC drill hole locations