Texas wildfires scorch nearly 36,000 hectares
Heavy smoke was also blamed for an eight-vehicle accident that killed a five-year-old girl.
The entire town of Matador had been evacuated, and all school classes were cancelled for Monday, NBC reported.
Firefighters had worked overnight to extinguish the fire, but high winds limited containment to about 50 per cent
The flames also forced the closing of an interstate highway.
Fires were also reported to have been started in Lubbock and Amarillo.
With files from The Associated Press