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Fiore Gold Ltd. Intersects Additional Higher-Grade Mineralization in the Red Hill Area of the Pan Mine, Including 45.7 Metres of 0.72 g/t Gold and 16.8 Metres of 0.96 g/t Gold

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Fiore Gold Ltd. Intersects Additional Higher-Grade Mineralization in the Red Hill Area of the Pan Mine, Including 45.7 Metres of 0.72 g/t Gold and 16.8 Metres of 0.96 g/t Gold






FIORE GOLD LTD. (TSX-V: F) (OTCQB: FIOGF) is pleased to provide results from an additional seven holes of its 2018 drill program at its Pan Mine in Nevada, part of a long-term program aimed at expanding the resource and reserve base at Pan. The current drilling is aimed at expanding reserves and resources near the North Pit which hosts most of the silica-rich rocky ore at Pan. Drilling is also planned for the Central area of the deposit to expand existing resources there as well as test new targets. Mining at Pan is currently taking place in both the rocky North Pan Zone and the clayey South Pan Zone, with the run-of-mine ores blended on the leach pad.



The seven holes reported here were drilled near the northern end of the North Pit, at Red Hill and in the West Contact area on the western side of the North Pit (Figure 1).  The holes were intended to test the potential to expand the existing oxide reserves both at depth and laterally beyond the current reserve boundaries. The 2017 Pan Mine Feasibility Study defines Proven and Probable reserves of 318,000 gold ounces at an average grade of 0.51 g/t gold (0.015 oz/ton), with reserve cutoff grades of 0.21 g/t gold for the North and Central pits, and 0.14 g/t gold for the South Pit.



Highlights from these seven holes include:



  • Hole PND18-27 returned 16.8 metres of 0.96 g/t (55 ft of 0.028 oz/t) at Red Hill


  • Hole PND18-28 intercepted 45.7 m of 0.72 g/t gold (150 ft of 0.021 oz/t gold) at Red Hill, and


  • Hole PND18-29 drilled 36.6 m of 0.56 g/t gold (120 ft of 0.016 oz/t) in the West Contact area




Tim Warman, Fiore’s CEO commented, “The new intercepts at Red Hill are particularly interesting, since Red Hill hosts the highest-grade portion of the Pan deposit, and all of these new Red Hill intercepts are outside of the currently planned pit envelope. Our mine planning team is currently evaluating whether this new mineralization will allow us to deepen the planned Red Hill pit to bring in additional resources.”



As previously announced, Fiore has approved an additional 5,030 metres (16,500 ft) of RC drilling, and 1,495 metres (4,900 ft) of diamond drilling at Pan in FY2018, as well as 4,265 metres (14,000 ft) of RC drilling at the nearby Gold Rock project. Drilling is ongoing at Pan, while drilling at Gold Rock is scheduled to start in July.






Results for the seven holes reported here are shown in the table below:




Hole Target From







(g/t Au)

PND18-23 West Contact 82.3 115.8 33.5 0.48
PND18-24 West Contact 53.3 57.9 4.6 0.48
PND18-25 West Contact 38.1 51.8 13.7 0.27
    59.4 68.6 9.1 0.24
PND18-26 North Pan 25.9 67.1 41.1 0.34
    83.8 93.0 9.1 0.34
    114.3 132.6 18.3 0.34
    141.7 158.5 16.8 0.24
PND18-27 Red Hill 42.7 59.4 16.8 0.96
PND18-28 Red Hill 48.8 94.5 45.7 0.72
PND18-29 West Contact 61.0 97.5 36.6 0.55




On cross-section 2811 (Figure 2), hole PND18-26 intercepted a 41.1 m thick sequence of relatively shallow gold mineralization beneath the current North Pan reserve pit. Just to the west at Red Hill, holes PND18-27 and -28 both intercepted relatively higher-grade mineralization below the currently planned Red Hill pit, which may allow the pit to be deepened in this area.




On cross-section 2804 (Figure 3), hole PND18-23 encountered additional mineralization west of the current reserve pit, near the contact between the Pilot Shale and the underlying Devil’s Gate limestone. This is referred to as the West Contact zone.




On cross-section 2802 (Figure 4), hole PND18-29 also encountered mineralization west of the current reserve pit in the West Contact zone, as did holes PND18-24 and -25 on cross-section 2801 (Figure 5) just to the south.




To date 29 holes representing 3,754 m (12,315 feet) have been completed with assays received in the North Pan Pit, the planned Syncline and Red Hill Pits, and Campbell Ridge target areas of the property. Holes are generally inclined to -65 to -90 degrees below horizontal. The irregular shape of the ore body at Pan make estimations of apparent widths difficult, but true widths are generally within 60% to 90% of the reported downhole intercepts.




The reverse circulation drilling is being performed by Layne Christiansen of Chandler AZ. Drill sampling is supervised by Fiore Gold geologists, with samples transported directly to ALS Minerals Lab in Reno, Nevada where samples are prepared and pulps generated. Fire assays are determined on a 30-gram charge with an AAS finish. An additional cyanide leach assay is also completed.  Selected holes are also analyzed for a 48-element geochemical suite by ICP-MS.  Fiore Gold conducts a significant QA/QC program which includes the insertion of assay standards, blanks, and duplicates in the sample stream to insure the assay lab results are within specified performance levels. Down hole deviation surveys are provided by International Directional Services utilizing a surface recording gyroscope.




Pan Mine Geology




The Pan Mine is a Carlin-style, sediment-hosted, gold-only deposit, and is comprised of three main zones of mineralization which has currently been traced for over 1,800 m (6,000 feet) along the north-south Branham Fault. The North Zone is composed of a large body of silicified solution breccia along the western margin of the Branham fault. Mineralization extends westward from the breccia body along the relatively flat-lying Pilot Shale-Devils Gate contact. South Pan is largely hosted in rocks that dip to the northeast between 55 and 65 degrees on the east side of the Branham Fault. Strongly clay altered and mineralized solution breccias are found along the Branham fault and trending southeast away from the Branham Fault along the Pilot Shale-Devils Gate Limestone contact. Central Pan consist of several smaller pods of mineralization largely along the Pilot Shale-Devils Gate contact along a series of northeast-southwest and north-south secondary faults.




Corporate Strategy




Our corporate strategy is to grow Fiore Gold into a 150,000 ounce per year gold producer. To achieve this, we intend to:



  • grow gold production at the Pan Mine from a planned 35-40,000 ounces in fiscal 2018 to between 40-50,000 ounces per year by fiscal 2019, while also growing the resource and reserve base


  • advance exploration and development of the nearby Gold Rock project


  • acquire additional production or near-production assets in Nevada and surrounding states




Qualified Person




The scientific and technical information relating to Fiore Gold’s properties contained in this press release was approved by Eric LeLacheur M.S. (CPG) Fiore Gold’s Vice-President of Exploration, North America and a “Qualified Person” under National Instrument 43-101.




The Pan Mine reserve and resource estimates are presented in a report entitled “NI 43-101 Updated Technical Report, Pan Gold Project, White Pine County, Nevada”, with an effective date of June 30, 2017, which was prepared by J.B. Pennington, M.Sc., C.P.G., Kent Hartley, P.E., Justin Smith, P.E., RM-SME, and Deepak Malhotra, RM-SME.



Posted May 22, 2018

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