Forest fire forces Atlanta Gold to halt work at Idaho project

Canadian junior Atlanta Gold (TSX:AGC) on Tuesday reported that it was cut off from accessing its Atlanta gold property by a forest fire, and might not be able to continue court-ordered remediation work to the water treatment facility until mid-October.

The company said the Trinity forest fire burning in the Featherville area of Idaho since August 3, had interrupted access to the Atlanta gold site and was limiting activities on the site.

President and CEO Ernest Simmons said in a statement they we are fortunate that there has been no harm to the people or damage to the equipment associated with the project.

Last month, an Idaho court forced the miner to pay a bulky $2 million fine for its continuing failure to stop arsenic and iron from flowing into a tributary of the Boise River system.

The company said staff members continued to conduct limited work in the 900 Adit and made limited improvements to the current water treatment system, but the restricted access was negatively impacting on the company's ability to make longer-term upgrades to the water treatment system required by the court.

July’s ruling represents another loss for Atlanta Gold Corp., which is pursuing gold extraction from the Idaho Mountains. Earlier this year the Toronto-based junior was found legally responsible for high concentrations of pollutants flowing from an old mine shaft in January this year by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams.

The company has been exploring for gold in the proximities of the historic mining town of Atlanta for over 25 years.