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Hecla suspends operations at its Casa Berardi gold mine in Quebec due to forest fires

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(Kitco News) - Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL) today provided an update on forest fires in Abitibi and the Eeyou-Istchee region in the James Bay area affecting the Casa Berardi operations.

In a news release, the company said that Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests announced the closure of forest lands and certain roads, which include the access road to the Casa Berardi mine site.

Hecla noted it has suspended operations at the Casa Berardi mine temporarily, adding that all mine personnel are safe, and the infrastructure has not been impacted.

The company also said it continues to comply with the directives of the Ministry and is in close contact with the authorities.

Hecla’s Casa Berardi mine is an underground/open pit gold mine located in western Quebec. In 2022, the mine produced 127,590 ounces of gold. The mine is expected to produce 110,000 to 115,000 ounces of gold in 2023.

Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Company is the largest silver producer in the United States. In addition to operating mines in Alaska, Idaho, and Quebec, Canada, the company is developing a mine in the Yukon, Canada, and owns a number of exploration and pre-development projects.

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