Which of the following tree species in the Himalayan region was held responsible for the recent Uttarakhand forest fires?
Chir pine is the correct answer. Chir pine is one of the most useful tree species in the Himalayan region. The uses of chir pine as a timber and fuelwood are among few major indigenous uses of this species in Uttarakhand. The chir pine itself is highly resistant to fire due to thick bark but the fallen dry needles are highly inflammable and its open resin ducts are considered a main catalyst for fires in pine forests.
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