Consider the following factors:

  1. Vapour pressure deficit 
  2. Presence of chir pine forest
  3. Continuous increase of lumbering industry
  4. Increase in Deciduous forest cover in the region

Which of the above factors are held responsible for the recent forest fires in Uttarakhand?

Answer: [A] Only 1 & 2

Vapour pressure deficit and presence of chir pine forest were held responsible for recent Uttarakhand forest fires. Chir pine is the fastest growing among the conifers found in the Himalayas. The pine forest in Garhwal and Kumaon hills are susceptible to forest fires more than any other kind of forest.

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