The Arkansas Forestry Commission says 50 out of the state's 75 counties are currently under burn bans and more counties are likely be added as hot, dry conditions continue. Click here for the current map of counties under burn bans.
The National Weather Service (NWS) says very hot temperatures and little to no rain will be the norm in the last days of June and the first few days of July.
NWS forecasters say moisture levels are expected to slowly increase and this will make it feel more oppressive.
A number of wildfires have been sparked by the continuing drought that has dried out forests and grassland.
High temperatures will be well in the 90s to just over 100 degrees. By Friday and into the upcoming weekend, heat index values will range from 98 to 105 degrees.
Heat related illnesses will be a concern.
Outdoor burning, including the use of fireworks is strongly discouraged in Arkansas until widespread substantial rain falls.
Those headed outdoors in the coming days should prepare for the heat. Wear light-colored loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and go to an air conditioned environment periodically.