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Wildfire spreads to Pinto Valley mine boundary

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Global Mining Review,

Capstone Mining Corp. (Capstone) reported that the Woodbury Fire wildfire in Arizona is nearing the westernmost property boundary of its Pinto Valley mine (Pinto Valley). At the time of this release, there has been no physical impact to infrastructure or operations at the mine. However, for the health and safety of our people the decision has been made to curtail non-essential activities at the mine.

"The Pinto Valley team have been focused on ensuring the safety of our people and safely executing work to protect our operations, including increasing defensible space by removing combustible brush and grass, installing sprinklers, covering pipelines with soil, removing propane from site and relocating mobile equipment," said Darren Pylot, President and CEO of Capstone.

"We have been working closely with neighbouring private landowners and authorities on regional preparations to ensure the protection of personnel, facilities and infrastructure, as well as the natural environment."

A minimal crew will remain at the mine, and Capstone will provide an update on the status of operations as appropriate. Full operations will resume once the safety and security of mine personnel and infrastructure can be assured. The health and safety of our people is our top priority.

Real time information on the Woodbury Fire is available from the InciWEb site at

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