Cranbrook’s airport is roughly 14 kilometres away from a burning wildfire near St. Mary’s River. (Submitted/Stephanie Marvel)

UPDATE: Cranbrook airport running after closure due to wildfires

Government announces backcountry closure in East Kootenay region.

Regularly scheduled flights to and from the Canadian Rockies International Airport have been resumed, following Friday’s disruptions due to the wildfires.

However, officials warn travellers to check in with their airlines for the latest information on flight status. Airlines have the discretion to delay or cancel flights at their discretion.

Pacific Coastal is continuting to provide flights between Cranbrook, Vancouver and Kelowna.

“As the situation is fluid, you are advised that we may be forced to make unexpected changes to our flight schedule due to events beyond our control at any time,” according to a company statement.

Unconfirmed reports are that Air Canada cancelled a flight into Cranbrook from Calgary, but are bussing passengers from that cancelled flight to Cranbrook.

Flights were cancelled Friday afternoon for the rest of the day, due to a fire burning in the St. Eugene-Mission area. At the time, firefighting aircraft were the only ones allowed to use the airport.

The fire, which BC Wildfire Service suspects to have been human-caused, is burning at an estimated 250 hectares in size, as of Saturday morning.

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