PATERSON -- A brush fire erupted just before 10 a.m. Thursday on Highway 14 about 11 miles west of Paterson.
Chief Rolland Watt of Benton Fire District 6 said the fire accidentally was started by a crew installing cable line along the highway.
"Heavy equipment struck a rock, causing a spark," he said. "The crew thought they could contain it quickly, but the wind kicked up and it got away from them."
About 700 acres burned, but no homes were threatened.
"A few outbuildings were threatened, but we were able to contain the fire before it got there," he said.
Authorities did close the highway in both directions intermittently for about15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. when the fire jumped the highway and crews were going back and forth from one side of the highway to the other, he added.
The fire was under control about 1 p.m.