Trump's tariffs boost rebuilding costs for wildfire victims

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, an aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighborhood after a wildfire swept through in Santa

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, an aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighborhood after a wildfire swept through in Santa

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017 file photo, an aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighborhood after the Tubbs wildfire swept through S

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017 file photo, an aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighborhood after the Tubbs wildfire swept through S

FILE - In this April 6, 2018, file photo, a U.S. Flag is placed on a wildfire-ravaged property as rain comes down in the the Coffey Park area in Santa

FILE - In this April 6, 2018, file photo, a U.S. Flag is placed on a wildfire-ravaged property as rain comes down in the the Coffey Park area in Santa

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, an aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighborhood after a wildfire swept through the area

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, an aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighborhood after a wildfire swept through the area

In this Friday, August 10, 2018, photo the partially rebuilt home of Debbie and Rick Serdin in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa, Calif. The

In this Friday, August 10, 2018, photo the partially rebuilt home of Debbie and Rick Serdin in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa, Calif. The

In this Friday, August 10, 2018, photo, signs and flags mark the partially rebuild home of Debbie and Rick Serdin in the Coffey Park neighborhood of S

In this Friday, August 10, 2018, photo, signs and flags mark the partially rebuild home of Debbie and Rick Serdin in the Coffey Park neighborhood of S

In this Friday, August 10, 2018, photo construction workers, from left, Mario Camacho, Armando Guzman and Jose Caranco work on a house in the Coffey P

In this Friday, August 10, 2018, photo construction workers, from left, Mario Camacho, Armando Guzman and Jose Caranco work on a house in the Coffey P

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are boosting the cost of building a home by thousands of dollars, and that's adding to the challenges of people trying to rebuild from California's wildfire and other disasters.

The CEO of the California Building Industry Association said tariffs on imported lumber and other construction materials could increase the cost of building a typical home by $20,000.

Other factors also are at work, such as a shortage of construction workers. But the tariffs are entirely the result of a government policy change.

Trump has been imposing tariffs on a range of goods from countries that he says were not treating the U.S. fairly.

Rising construction prices hit hardest on people who are seeking to rebuild but whose homeowners insurance policies have caps that are too low to cover the entire cost.