A company aims to test an amphibious Russian firefighting plane this summer on one of Idaho's wildfires.
David Baskett, president of California-based International Emergency Services, hopes to eventually win lucrative U.S. government contracts for the Beriev BE-200 to assist in firefighting.
Last month, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter told Baskett he wants to observe the BE-200, which can fly 400 miles per hour and scoop 3,500 gallons of water from a lake within seconds.
Baskett says the BE-200 can strike at wildfires quickly.