The Fire Creek Mine is a gold mine located in Lander county, Nevada at an elevation of 5,840 feet.
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Elevation: 5,840 Feet (1,780 Meters)
Lat, Long: 40.46361, -116.64972
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Fire Creek Mine MRDS details
Primary: Fire Creek Mine
District: Bullion District (northeast)
Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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Owner Name: Klondex Mines Ltd.
Info Year: 2006
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Deposit Type: Low sulfidation, shallow level, epithermal gold
Operation Type: Surface
Year First Production: 1981
Year Last Production: 1983
Discovery Year: 1979
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein
Description: shear zone
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Miocene
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Miocene
Comment (Commodity): Ore Materials: free gold
Comment (Deposit): Gold is in high-angle NNW-trending structures (breccias and quartz-carbonate veins) hosted in basalts and andesites of Miocene Age.
Comment (Economic Factors): In 1991 the property as reported to contain a mineable oxide resource: of 58,000 ounces of gold with an in-situ geological resource of 148,000 ounces of gold. In 2006, Klondex Mines Ltd. reported that its 100%-owned Fire Creek gold property contains an Indicated Mineral Resource estimated at 1,636,555 tonnes grading 19.88 grams per tonne (0.576 oz/ton) containing 1,045,738 oz of gold in two separate mineral zones. The ore was defined through extensive drill campaigns carried out over the past 3 years. In a Sept., 2006 press release, Klondex Mines Ltd. announced that based on recent drill results at the Fire Creek Project, resources aggregate 1,760,000 tons of ore grading 0.582 opt Au indicated. (was 556,300 tons grading 0.720 opt Au inferred) The Fire Creek mine produced a total of 767 ounces of gold in 1983-84 ina test leach.
Comment (Identification): This record contains all information from the earlier MRDS record W702076 for this mine plus additional material.
Comment (Location): The mine is located about 3 miles east of Crescent Valley.
Comment (Workings): open pit mine
Comment (Development): Bullion Monarch optioned the Fire Creek property to Klondex Mines in May, 1979, who continued mapping assaying and drilling. In 1980, Klondex was doing stripping and drilling and announced expanded reserves. Tonnage and grade was announced in 1981 and plans for a pilot heap leach, in May 1981. First gold was poured in Nov., 1981 with full scale mining and production planned for spring of 1982. Klondex then decided to suspend gold production at Fire Creek in early 1982 due to economic conditions. In Dec., 1982, Minex Resources announced plans to explore and develop Fire Creek under an agreement with Klondex with mining to begin in spring, 1983. Minex announced startup of the heap-leach in Sept., 1983, and first pour was in Oct., 1983. Production continued into 1984. Exploratory drilling in summer, 1984, indicated presence of additional reserves higher up on Fire Creek Mountain. Heap leach tests produced about 1000 oz gold au confirming leachability of ore and viability of the mine. Several other targets near ore zone were discovered in 1986. In Oct 1986, Klondex completed arrangements with Alma American Mining Corp to drill and develop the property. Another test heap leach in Nov., 1986 was successful. In 2006, Klondex Mines Ltd. reported that on its 100%-owned Fire Creek gold property contains an Indicated Mineral Resource estimated at 1,636,555 tonnes grading 19.88 grams per tonne (0.576 oz/ton) containing 1,045,738 oz of gold in two separate mineral zones. The ore was defined through extensive drill campaigns carried out over the past 3 years.
Reference (Deposit): Klondex Mines Ltd. press release, Sept., 2006.
Reference (Deposit): http://www.klondexmines.com/s/Properties.asp?ReportID=96620
Reference (Deposit): Bonham, H.F., 1988, in NBMG MI-1987.
Reference (Deposit): Bonham, H.F., 1986, NBMG Map 91
Reference (Deposit): NBMG Mining District file 153, numerous press clippings 1979-1987
Nevada has a total of 368 distinct gold districts. Of the of those, just 36 are major producers with production and/or reserves of over 1,000,000 ounces, 49 have production and/or reserves of over 100,000 ounces, with the rest having less than 100,000 ounces. Read more at Gold Districts of Nevada.