Lake Shore Gold resumes operations at Canadian Mine after forest fire

27 May 2012 (Last Updated May 27th, 2012 18:30)

Lake Shore Gold Corp has resumed operations at its Timmins West Mine located in northeastern Ontario, Canada.

Lake Shore Gold Corp has resumed operations at its Timmins West Mine located in northeastern Ontario, Canada.

The company suspended operations last week due to high winds and smoke from a forest fire west of Timmins.

But, based on improving wind conditions and progress by the Ministry of Natural Resources in combating the fire and improving air quality, the mine site has returned to normal and the company is now positioned to safely resume mine production.

Lake Shore Gold president and chief executive officer Tony Makuch said the company was pleased that their crews are now able to get back to work.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Natural Resources, City of Timmins and Ontario Provincial Police for their ongoing efforts to fight the Timmins No. 9 fire," said Makuch.

"Through the continued hard work and significant effort of a large number of people, as well as some cooperation from the weather, the smoke that resulted in our suspending operations at Timmins West Mine last Thursday has cleared and we are resuming production."